I have been mistaken, fooled and even deceived at times. For the most part, I think I have grown in discernment and the ability to ascertain what is true. I certainly value walking in the truth. I marvel at how we as people can be so quick to believe that which is not true. Christian mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote about his day: “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” Fear, inability to think critically, past injuries might influence our perception of what is true; I get that. The beloved apostle John wanted the church and her children (isn’t that beautiful the way he says it) to know and hold on to at least one important truth: that God sent His son actually and physically into our world. Some deceivers in his day tried to explain it away as though it didn’t happen or happen that way. Thank God it did. Our faith and eternity depend upon that truth. Let’s love the truth!
To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 2 John 1:1-2;7-8 NASB
Where and how am I at risk of being deceived? What is my commitment to the truth?
God, as this day begins- I have found the truth mainly by looking through the lens of Jesus. He is The Truth. I pray that You would make me someone who is truth teller and bearer. May I have the courage to speak it and live it, as Christ lives in me. As I participate in vacation Bible school for the children, I pray it will be a fun, magical, exciting time for them to learn about You!