“Buy truth, and do not sell it;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”
~Proverbs 23:23 (NRSV)
The person most interested in telling the truth and living by the truth and letting the truth permeate into their minds and hearts will be blessed by God. We worship God, only, when we worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24)—living truthfully.
The blessings of God regarding truth, especially as they intercede in each of our lives, are provident in the fight God makes of our situations. We have not just a God, but, in God, an avenger.
Many harrowing truths that we assimilate, even as others appear favoured against us, will ultimately turn out for us. Living truthfully, committed and wholeheartedly devoted to truth, is our best strategy; it is the eternal perspective.
Honouring And Valuing The Truth
There is a constancy of hardship in our way of living. We defend ourselves. We necessarily do this in a world we find often attacks us; whether we are on the roads, in the shops, at our schools, in our workplaces, in our families, or even of ourselves.
Although we don’t always react to these feelings of attack, within us we are ready to deny many things. Our survival depends on it, or it seems that way. We may have an image to maintain, and besides, can we always afford to live truthfully?
It’s a serious temptation to skirt the truth, and, truth be told, we do so on many occasions.
Honouring and valuing the truth, however, doesn’t mean we have to sell out on our dignity. It simply means holding to the truth in faith that, by doing so, God will honour us by the way things turn out, eventually.
Buy Truth – No Defence And No Attack
When we buy truth we have no need of defence and no need of attack, for both defence and attack reside in different markets.
Aggression and submission are the negotiations of that other market. The market we prefer, though, has us negotiating for truth by truth. And our negotiations are by faith.
As we venture into purchasing truth we make our purchases by what truth promises, never by what it delivers, for in faith we find what it delivers. We must trust by our investments in truth. We play a slow market, but one that is most assuredly sure.
When truth is our top priority God fights for us. When life is lived truthfully we have no need of defence or attack. God is our avenger. All we are required to do is abide in the truth.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.