The Scripture Verse we are looking at in these next four posts is:
Proverbs 23:23 NLT
Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
Living God’s Word – Truth
The focus for this post is “Get the truth and never sell it.”
So, let’s ask ourselves some Questions:
- How do we get the Truth?
- How do hang on to it?
- How is it possible to sell it?
The search for the Truth has taken up countless pages of philosophical and religious books, it has created much controversy throughout the centuries, wars and much fatality. Some of the critical questions we face are,
- “Can we even know truth?”
- “Is there such a thing as ultimate truth?”
- “What if truth is not a thing but a someone?”
And that last question is exactly where we need to start and continue our pursuit.
Truth starts, exists, and ends with God!
- How do we get truth?
- In order to possess truth, we need to be in relationship with God.
There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. – 1 Timothy 2:5 NLT
This is not a post of philosophical nature to consider the various propositions of what truth is, rather to consider what the Bible has to say about truth. In one of the most obvious verses …
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6 NLT
Clearly, to be in relationship with God, we are to go through the man Jesus Christ, who is:
. . . the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. . . . Everything was created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:15-16 NLT
We get Truth by way of a relationship with Jesus Christ – Believing in Him, Following Him, Trusting Him, Honouring Him, and Obeying Him.
- How do we hang on to truth?
- In order to hang on to truth, we need to develop our relationship with Jesus, we call this discipleship
Just like fostering any relationship, it involves communication and commitment. Communication with God through Jesus Christ is about reading, studying, and thinking on God’s Word and prayer. As we listen intently to what we read in the Bible, pray about what we learn and do our best to put it into practice (commitment), we foster our relationship with Jesus Christ. This is exactly what Jesus was getting at when he said these words:
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:4-5 ESV
- How is it possible to sell truth?
- In order hang on to truth and not sell-out, we need to be careful not to allow popular, celebrity or false teachings influence us.
That is why it is important to be reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on God’s Word.
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word. – Psalm 119:9,15-16 NLT
If we only read it every once in a while, barely think about its significance and the only in-depth consideration we give it is from a brief sermon at church or recording, then we have sold the truth for an easy way out – the magic pill or silver bullet. The same is true with popular TV preachers and spiritual gurus. If we allow them to lead us, following blindly in their teachings, without looking to the Bible for ourselves and discovering what it has to say, then we have sold out and bought into whatever they are selling – and many are selling something other than what the Bible teaches.
If the Bible is not instructing us, correcting us or challenging our minds in profound ways, then we have become lazy in our pursuit of the Truth, in fostering our relationship with Him.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
Let’s take a few moments, ponder and pray the words of this old hymn:
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Abide with me – by Henry Francis Lyte
- Are you getting to know the Truth (Jesus Christ) better each day?
- List some specific things you are learning
- Are you spending time in God’s Word for yourself?
- What passages or verses from the Bible are meaningful for you today?
- Are you praying about the things that matter most to you?
- Honestly and boldly speak those things aloud in prayer.
- Ask the Lord God to show you ways to practice the truths you are learning and abide in (rest, take delight, enjoy, honour) Him.