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The Truth

“. . . I am the truth . . .”
John 14:6

A few years ago, my wife and I took a ‘road trip.’ Travelling over 2200 miles round trip we covered all different types of terrain. From the mountains of the Colorado Rockies to the deserts of Nevada and Utah, one might say we had our ‘ups and downs’, but we arrived back safely, following the many different road signs along the way. The highway department has apparently placed those signs along the side of the roads to help those who are driving maneuver their automobiles safely to their final destinations.

You may have encountered one that says, “Dangerous Curve Ahead.” Immediately you are confronted with making a choice. On the one hand you could observe the warning and slow down. On the other, you could ignore the warning and maintain your present rate of speed. Or you could simply ignore the sign completely, defy the warning, and speed up.

No matter how you respond, you will not change the truth of the sign. It was put there for a purpose by someone who knows the road situation better than you. The curve is dangerous, regardless of whether you acknowledge the fact or not. How you respond to the truth doesn’t change its truth.

As in our driving along the highways so in our daily lives we encounter many different road signs along our spiritual journey. Unfortunately some have been placed there by the great deceiver, Satan. I remember one of the Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch years ago. It was about “Coyote and Roadrunner.” Wiley Coyote was always changing the road signs so Roadrunner would be misled and fall into Coyote’s traps.

So it is with Satan. John 8:44 says that “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” His main objective is to sidetrack each of us on our spiritual journey. He wants us to end up on the dead end street of eternal death and destruction. He wants us to speed up as we go around those curves, ignoring the warning signs that are placed there to protect us from danger. The main weapon in his arsenal is deception. He deceived Eve in the Garden, and he will try to deceive each of us.

But thank God that in a world full of darkness and deception, there stands one road sign that is totally dependable – the cross of Christ and the way leading to it is the Word of God. God’s Living Word directs us along the path and warns us of dangerous curves and hazardous intersections. His Word reveals to us what lurks ahead and gives us warning signs to keep us from harm.

The question is, “Will you pay attention to the truth of His Word and heed the warnings? Will you listen to His divine directions?” Jesus is the Living Word of God. When He speaks, He speaks only the truth. When He gives directions, we are assured that they are totally trustworthy and completely without error.

He alone is the dependable source of redemptive revelation keeping us on the highway to heaven and eternal life with God, the Father. In order to discern the difference between Satan’s signs of deception and Christ’s pathway of truth, you must keep His map and instruction manual close at hand and remain close to his word. Read your Bible daily. Pray without ceasing. Meditate upon God’s most precious word and store it in your heart.

And when Satan tries to deceive you and attempts to get you to take his deceptive detour you can stand firm in the power and strength of the Truth of the Word of God. You can with confidence stand boldly upon the Living Word, Jesus Christ who was tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. You can know that the truth of God’s gracious provision will never lead you astray.

Grant, Almighty God, that inasmuch as we are so disposed and inclined to all kinds of errors, to so many and so various forms of superstitions, and as Satan also ceases not to lay in wait for us, and spreads before us his many snares, – 0 grant, that we may be so preserved in obedience to you by the teaching of your word, that we may never turn here and there, either to the right hand or to the left, but continue in that pure worship which you have prescribed, so that we may plainly testify that you are indeed our Father by continuing under the protection of your only-begotten Son, whom you have given to be our pastor and ruler to the end. Amen.

a prayer from Calvin’s Commentaries on the Minor Prophets.

Blessings and Peace to you all,

PastorMark

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