Posted by: iamlillian | January 1, 2009

In Pursuit of Truth

December 31st

Buy the Truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. – Proverbs 23:23

The world is full of counsel. People offer advice openly, sometimes solicited, sometimes not. Firms pay thousands – even millions, in some cases – for consultations with experts in their particular field. And it is all about predicting the future. Some circles call it ” risk management.” We want to base our decisions on what is likely to happen next. Whether we are seeking a greater income, a different work, a new relationship, or any other future endeavor, we plan to succeed. We want to hedge our bets and set ourselves in security.

The problem with our plans is that they rarely get us very far. The vagaries of human reasoning will not always set us on the right path. Why? Because when it comes down to it, none of us knows what will happen in the future. We may paln and save according to all conventional counsel and yet fall flat on our faces in the end. We do not hold the future in our hands. We do not hold the will of God in our hearts. And we do not hold His wisdom in our minds. At least not at first.

That’s why we must live our lives by feeding on God’s daily bread. His Word must come to us regularly, frequently, and repeatedly. It must be driven into our minds and embraced by our hearts. At all costs, at any sacrifice, we must “buy the truth’ and not sell it. The counsel of Solomon is on target. There is nothing more valuable than being able to make decisions based on the knowledge of the Omniscient.

In Deed

Many a movie or TV show has featured someone who got a glimpse of a future newspaper, a prophecy, or a vision. the usual plot is of thwarting disaster or becoming wealthy with such knowledge. But God does not usually reveal to us our tomorrows. He only reveals to us what we need to know to live them well.

We can’t know the future, but we can have the wisdom of the One who does. That’s just as good. It requires faith, not sight, to walk in such wisdom, but that’s the whole point. We are drawn into a living, daily relationship with the only wise God. Buy His truth, and never let it go.

adapted from ‘The One Year Walk with God Devotional’ by Chris Tiegreen 2004.

May we all take time to reflect on the past 1 year and look towards the future with Truth abiding in our hearts always. Always.

It’s not an easy task to take up our cross each day. But Jesus said in the Bible, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) And believe that He will help us through each day, each obstacle, each difficulty, each joy & each pain & sorrow.

Personally i am challenged to really really pursue God with all my heart and soul and mind this new year. And i invite you to do so, to be challenged and willing to pursue God Himself. For His mercy is new every morning. For He enables us.

For He is our Good Shepherd.

” For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

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Responses

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    God bless,
    Keep your focus on Christ
    Your brother in Christ Jesus
    Jeremy Strang

  2. To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. We need to learn how to lose to gain. Lose our will over God’s Will. “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.” Happy New Year!

  3. “I see a typical problem with Christian’s becoming complacent with their salvation and not following what God’s plan is for our lives and rather continue following their own plans or back-sliding into sin”


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