Reality vs. Truth, Pt. II – 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

I never could understand algebra. All those X’s and Y’s made no sense to me. How can letters be numbers? Why would you ever need to put numbers in parentheses? They belong in paragraphs, not equations. And what difference can it make, anyhow? I just wanted to know enough to get through 9th grade.

Perhaps that’s how you feel about Truth. “Does it matter? Does it even make sense? And why do I need to know it anyway?” you might ask. “Truth is too complicated for me to even understand.” Just like algebra, right?

The truth is (no pun intended), as you open your heart and mind to comprehend Divine Truth, you will find the wisdom to live an overcoming life. Truth unfolds from the mind of God into our own experience as we ponder (contemplate and meditate on) His Word. Let Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth continually preserve me, David wrote (Ps. 40:11). Everything you need in this physical realm originates in the mind of God. O send out Thy light and Thy truth! Let them lead me. Let them bring me unto Thy holy hill and to Thy tabernacles (Ps. 43:3).

Reality, however, is subjective, governed by your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Truth is eternal. It does not change for governments, time or circumstance. We can pretend that it has no effect. We can ridicule its supposedly arcane meaning, but it remains Truth throughout eternity. No amount of denial or defiance can change immutable Laws of Divine Truth.

So, back to our three questions…

Does it matter?

Consider this wisdom from Jesus, “… If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32) Galatians says we are to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (v. 5:1).

Every blessing in the Bible is connected to the wisdom of God. If you can guarantee that you will never have to face difficult circumstances, you might think it does not matter to you. BUT …

  • How much power and wisdom will you need when you face a debilitating illness, loss or financial disaster?
  • Are you willing to bet your future on the hope that your family or government can make everything ‘all better’?
  • Or do you want to be prepared by knowing, studying and practicing the Laws of Truth so you become proficient at overcoming the world’s situations with Divine power?

You choose. Remember, Jesus cautioned us to ‘continue’ in the Word so Truth can make you free. Just like algebra, Truth requires study and practice. I can assure you, there will be a ‘test’. You will face situations that seem impossible, disastrous. But with God all things are possible. The Word of Truth aligns you with God, making all things possible to you who believe (Mark 9:23).

Does it even make sense?

Probably not. The Bible says to walk by faith, not by sight (sense). What you see, feel, taste and touch are temporary and subject to change. Truth is not. Gravity does not suspend itself for anyone’s benefit. Neither do God’s laws of Seedtime and Harvest (Gen. 8:22), Love never fails (I Cor. 13:8), or By His stripes, ye were healed (I Peter 2:24). Constant application of those principles, without doubt or wavering, will move the mountains in your life.

Just because one or some of us do not experience God’s Truth does not mean they are not true. Human experience is too subjective and inaccurate to judge eternal truth. Not many years ago, people believed the world was flat, that man could never fly, that computers would never be smaller than ballrooms! Do any of those theories make sense to us now?

In Paul’s admonition of things to ‘think on’, he lists Truth first. That’s where faith comes in. Your senses are incapable of judging spiritual wisdom and truth. You will have to believe, regardless of your thoughts, feelings or circumstances. James exhorted you to lie not against the truth (v. 3:14). Truth, God’s Word, should be the final answer and authority in any situation, regardless of your experiences. Divine Truth will never make sense without faith in God.

Why do I need to know it anyway?

There’s a saying that ‘knowledge is power’. It’s true. The more you know about something, the more you can apply it to the situations in your life. Divine Wisdom [Truth] is the highest possible power available to you.

Another old adage is “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”. So not true. Ignorance is mankind’s greatest challenge. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Have you ever applied for a job and been told, “You have no experience”? In essence, the prospective employer was telling you, “You don’t have the knowledge we need.” Net result: no offer, no job.

Have you ever experienced symptoms in your body and had the doctor tell you, “We just don’t know what it is.” And thus begins a long drawn-out regimen of tests, experiments and frustrations because they don’t have the wisdom they need to solve your particular problem.

Knowledge really is power. By making a lifelong study of the Truths in God’s Word, you can have the power and understanding (wisdom) to utilize His Truth on your own behalf. For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6). Even better, you will be able to reach out to others and help them learn the power of Divine Truth.

Refusing to align with Truth and follow its precepts is a sure way to fall short of God’s plan for you. And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. (I Cor. 8:2).

Joshua, a man who had to step into Moses’ shoes and lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, said choose you this day whom ye will serve (v. 24:15). As you willing to surrender your current ‘reality’ to the wisdom found in God’s Word, releasing every doubt and fear, you can claim the victory and abundance set forth in His Laws of Truth.

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