We live in confusing perplexing times. I am a truth seeker. Much of the evidence we have takes time to understand and uncover. Daily we are bombarded with information from the mainstream media which seems mostly designed to create anxiety in our hearts. Truth is not always a focus.
We are exposed to so much information on events that are happening all over the world that it becomes very difficult to make sense of it all or to know how to respond.
Many of the events strike terror or fear in our hearts. It’s like there is a worldwide effort to keep citizens in a state of high alert and fear.
There are real enemies; there are real deceivers.
There is truth; there are many involved in cover-up and disinformation. It’s perplexing.
This is not new. It was happening during the time when Peter and John were sharing what they knew of Jesus’ resurrection and the life-giving powerful implications they experienced first hand.
The leaders wanted to shut them up. The leaders put them in jail and harassed them. They wanted a fool-proof plan to control people. They wanted to keep their power and their authority.
Peter and John were not discouraged. They continued to boldly proclaim the message of Jesus, whom they had spent three years with and then had all their hopes dashed as they watched Him die. When Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to them, it took them awhile to believe. Jesus had predicted His suffering, death and resurrection, but they had not been able to take it in. Their worldview didn’t allow them to process that information. They had expected a political kingdom which involved driving the Romans out of Israel. Despite having listened to all Jesus’ teaching first hand, they didn’t fully comprehend His life purpose and mission.
When Jesus appeared to them after His death, they were blown away. They saw the power of the living God right before their eyes and they were NOT going to keep quiet.
In our current time it is very difficult to navigate all the information available and figure out what is the truth. Our exposure to information is far greater than our ability to react or respond. One thing we can cling to no matter what is going on, is that the TRUTH of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is as true today as it was for Peter and John over 2000 years ago.
And, Jesus still wants us to be involved in sharing this truth so that those who don’t know, don’t understand, or don’t accept, can learn.
Many have lived in a cloud of deception for so long, it’s really difficult for them to discern what truth is. Paul understood the battle over truth,
“For even if our Gospel (message) is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the God of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
There are active forces at work to prevent you from seeing and accepting God’s truth.
If you have accepted Christ as your savior you have received the Holy Spirit who can guide you into all truth in every area of life. “For In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Jesus Himself came to reveal grace and truth:
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16-17
The message of Jesus continues to bring blessing all over the world as people hear it and accept the reality that God loves them and wants a relationship with them. Through Jesus it is possible to know God intimately, because Jesus can forgive our sins when we turn and accept Him. In our crazy mixed up world we can have confidence in God’s truth.
The message of Jesus will set you free and set you on a path towards truth.
Imagine the impact it would make if every Christian prayed daily to be guided towards truth and asks God to reveal all deception that impacts their heart and mind. We need God’s wisdom, God’s grace and God’s truth to navigate information in our turbulent times!
Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Navigating our present day world can be challenging, God’s timeless truths in the Bible are my guide.