"Truth and Trust"
September 19, 2015
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Did you know that if you dropped a penny from the top of New York's Empire State Building, by the time it hits the ground, it is going fast enough, and has force enough, to lodge itself into the concrete or anybody who is unlucky enough to be walking underneath?
Did you know that if you swim within an hour after eating, you will get cramps, and cramping greatly increases your chance of drowning?
Did you know the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen with the naked eye from the moon?
Did you know that after a person dies, his hair and nails continue growing for up to six months?
Did you know that eight witches were burned during the Salem witch hunt?
I like knowing things like that. This is the kind of unrelated, meaningless information that can really help you when you're playing a game of trivia. That being said, I feel obliged to share there's one thing wrong with knowing the facts I have just listed. The wrong thing about these facts is ... these facts, which almost everybody knows, are wrong.
That's right. These supposedly factual statements are wrong. They're false, flawed, fictional, fabricated. There were not eight supposed witches burned during the Salem witch hunt. No, it's not eight and it's not nine or seven, either. Nobody was burned. They were killed in other ways, but nobody was burned. If I had the time I could explain the others, but I don't have the time. Check it out for yourself. I did, and it was pretty depressing to find out these things I knew were true, aren't.
Of course, in the big scheme of things these disproven truths are inconsequential and insignificant. The sad part is many people believe there are no truthful answers for any of the questions of life.
That is why, if you look around, you will see souls searching, sinners seeking. You will see skepticism, suspicion, and cynicism, doubt, distrust, and disbelief creeping into almost everybody's opinion about almost everything. The feeling that nobody and nothing can be trusted is reflected in the angry music of the young, the disrespectful jokes of comedians, and countless negative opinion polls.
Somewhere along the line people have been taught to believe there is no truth, no right answers, and no place or Person in whom you can believe.
To all who feel this way, I have only one thing to say: go to the empty tomb of the risen Redeemer.
When Jesus came out of that tomb on Resurrection Sunday, it was a game-changer. When Jesus stood amongst His disciples and said, "Here I am boys. Go ahead; touch My hands, feet and side. I'm the real deal," humanity was given a truth it could believe in. (See John 20:24-29.)
With the resurrection we were assured God loves us, has done all that was necessary to save us, and will keep His eternal promises to us. Because of Jesus' victory over death we are given one thing which is needful: a Lord who tells the truth about His Son, who has loved and saved us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there are many unsure things in this world. I give thanks You are not one of them. Grant me the grace to trust You, Your Son, and the story of salvation given to me by the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries