“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” John 8:31-32
Many things claim to be truth. And our hearts can be easily pulled to believe them. We can choose to make our logic and wisdom and the emotions of our heart the basis for our beliefs. I think this is why it’s so tempting to say truth is relative. That it isn’t absolute. Because what makes sense to me and what makes me feel happy may not match up with what does it for you. So people tend to find “what works” and state that as their reality. But that’s settling for so much less than what is offered to us.
We are offered light. We are offered truth based not on shifting emotions and logic but rather on the Word of the One who created all things and holds everything together. The One who actually knows what truth is. Either something is true or it’s not. We believe that in every other realm of life. But in spiritual or moral matters, society wants to deny it. Perhaps they believe that admitting to an absolute truth will bind them to it. That it will enslave them. What they don’t realize is that they are already enslaved to the lies that tell them God just isn’t worth it, that it’s better to create your own destiny, or that every religion is basically the same so what does specificity really matter.
Because reality is just our perception of it…right? What sad, shaky ground that leaves us standing on. Relative truth and mere perception mean that there’s a possibility that when life gets really difficult and unbelievably painful, we could end up crashing. Whatever we’re clinging to could fail entirely. It leaves us extremely vulnerable, without any actual strength beyond our own.
Real truth sets us free. It sets us free from the fear that we’ll be overtaken. It sets us free from the sins and addictions we just couldn’t shake, and free from the lies that told us they were better than the life God calls us to. It sets us free to live a life marked by purity, confidence, courage, love, peace, and a joy that is rooted deep in our souls.
To know this truth, to really know it in the depths of our heart, we must abide in the Word of God. Because His Word has power. It has depth, life, and relevance. The truth of His Word breaks through the darkness that covers our heart. It unveils the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. It reveals to us the depths of our sin so that we can turn from it and look to the One who truly satisfies. This requires laying ourselves down in humility and faith and asking the Holy Spirit to work in us, setting us free from our suppositions and preferences and opening our eyes to the majesty and glory of God.
Lord, show us truth. Real, absolute truth that we can stand on. Strengthen us to remain in Your Word, to cling to it and treasure its riches always. Your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens forever, and it will never fail. Give us Your wisdom and understanding. Unfold Your Word in power and glory, that we may be continually changed to reflect more of You. Psalm 102:25-27 says, “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.” You are what truly matters. You are what will remain, what will never change and never fail us. May we live our lives in such a way that we display this truth in the smallest of details.