God’s Truth Is at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
I’m a feelings guy - sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes this can get me into a lot of trouble, especially when it comes to the things of God. Throughout my life I’ve often used the power of my emotions to decide if something is “true.” Is my “gut instinct” right sometimes? Absolutely! However I also have to recognize my emotions can be deeply biased and affected by the distortions of sin, and if I’m not careful they can actually lead me away from God’s truth. That’s why being grounded and rooted in the Word of God, and having the influence of wise counsel from mature Christians (I think “Senior Saints” are the best!) is so important.
Randy Alcorn believes this as well, and writes about it in his blog entry titled “God’s Truth Is at the Heart of the Spiritual Life.” Halfway through he makes this bold statement: “Truth is far more than a moral guide, it’s inseparable from God’s own person. …If we get it wrong about Christ, it doesn’t matter what else we get right.” When we speak about God’s truth, we’re talking about so much more than just a code of conduct or list of things we do or don’t do. The truth of Jesus Christ changes everything. “Christ, as the Living Word of God, is inseparable from truth,” writes Alcorn. “He not only is the Truth, He is the source of all truth, the embodiment of truth, and therefore the reference point for evaluating all truth-claims.” Anytime we consider truth, we first place we should look is to Jesus and his Word.
That is not a particularly popular idea, especially in American culture where the rights of the individual are preeminent. Looking at the Western world, Alcorn states:
Truth is not a ballot measure. God does not consult us to determine right and wrong. It’s we who must go to revealed Scripture to find out what we should believe. Our culture appeals to whatever now is; God appeals to His intentions and design, to what ought to be.
It’s so easy to take for granted that we’re on the side of truth; let’s take a moment for a bit of honest self-reflection as we take these words from Randy Alcorn to heart:
When we wonder what’s right, we’re to turn to God’s Word: “For the word of the Lord is right and true” (Psalm 33:4). As Psalm 119 depicts in every one of its 176 verses, God’s truth is at the heart of the spiritual life.