It’s hard to know what—or who—to believe these days. It’s hard to find someone or some source that will tell the direct, non-sugar-coated, untampered truth.
If you don’t believe me, maybe you will believe the Oxford Dictionary. I recently learned that their Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth, which is ‘an adjective defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”’
In the relatively short span of one year, it is now widely understood to mean that truth itself has not only become secondary to other appeals, but even irrelevant.
The Bible predicted days like this. Paul warns Timothy that, ‘the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.’ (1 Timothy 4:3-4)
It seems now more than ever, we need the comfort of God’s eternal, unchanging Word.
Psalm 117:2: For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD is everlasting.
Psalm 119:160: The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
Isaiah 40:8: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Mark 13:31: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
These verses simply describe the enduring nature of God’s word. There is so much more of Scripture that tells of hope, reassurance, provision, blessing, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and on and on.
We hold the precious gift of eternal truths in our hands and we have promises that never change. As the lyrics of the classic hymn say, “On Christ the solid rock I stand / All other ground is sinking sand.” After warning Timothy of the dire signs of the age, Paul tells him to “do the work of an evangelist,” in other words to share the rock solid good news about Jesus in a time where truth is on a slippery slope.
What Bible verse has been the most comforting, life-changing, or reassuring to you?
Pray that you will have a chance through words, actions, or silent witness to reveal words of life with someone in this post-truth age.