Daily Devotional 7-1-19

Truth 
By Gay Ladwig
 
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32
 
Elijah’s “zealousness for the Lord,” which is recorded in 1 Kings 18, he was described as “a great risk-taking communicator, speaking God’s truth to power.” For me, the word TRUTH jumped off the screen. The phrase “speaking truth to power” is often heard, particularly in the political climate of the day. Additionally, the word truth not only has multiple meanings, it sometimes seems as if truth is considered something unique to each individual.
 
But what about God’s truth? The word truth, or a variant of it, is found 224 times in the Bible. John uses the word truth many times––“the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). Clearly truth is foundational to life when knowing it will make us free, but my truth or someone else’s truth is not the truth which will fulfill that promise. Freedom comes in knowing God’s truth as revealed to us in His Word. The word truth in scripture is not to be interpreted as intellectual truth––the common meaning in Western culture. Rather, it translates to the Hebrew word “emeth,” which expresses a knowledge of God and this Eastern meaning of truth is very profound. It is not merely intellectual; it is existential. With John’s words “the truth will make you free,” the truth speaks of the reliability of God’s love. When I know the truth, I know that:
 
God is Love.
 
God is trustworthy.
 
God accepts me even though I have sinned.
 
The truth of God is personified in Christ Jesus, who is also the Word of God. God’s truth makes me free! God’s truth makes you free! Thanks be to God. Amen.
 
Prayer: Thank you God that You are Love and for the truth, “emeth,” that speaks of the reliability of Your love; the truth that makes us free in Jesus. Amen.