Being Truthful with the Truth

Misinformation is bad enough in everyday life—in the wilderness it can be fatal. Confusion concerning what plants you can or can’t eat, what direction you’re headed in or where there might be water can be the difference between life and death.

Having heard Jesus quote the Scripture and place Himself firmly and fully under His Father’s care in the first temptation, Satan shifted his attack accordingly. (It seems we’re not the only ones who know how to adapt). Citing Psalm 91, he urged Jesus to show His complete dependence on God by jumping from the pinnacle of the temple.

With this temptation we are once again confronted with the disconcerting truth first painfully introduced in the Garden: Satan is familiar with the word of God, understands what it means and is not hesitant about distorting and weaponizing it—even before the Son of God.

He used the truth in an untruthful way.

Abraham tried this out a couple of times in regard to Sarah. (She’s just my sister, mister). Isaac later did the same thing with Rebekah. And if we’re being truthful, we’ve known it in or lives as well, haven’t we? We’ve all spun a story or given an account of things that featured partial truth for personal gain. But a half-truth under such circumstances is a whole lie.

Being truthful with the truth is for all who respect truth and people too much to do anything less. In a white lie world, it is definitely traveling uphill. But there is great power in knowing, living and telling truth. It is the way God leads us out of the wilderness.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

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