Nobody can make us believe. We do. We buy into a story and become believers. There are tons of stories out there people like to buy into.
The most common story: “Get rich and live happily ever after.” That story never checked out to be even remotely true. I don’t know about you, but I have not heard of a single person who got rich and actually lived happily ever after.
Here is another common story: “Get married, start a family and live happily ever after.” Well, we all know how tricky that can be. Marriage and kids are a noble endeavor but must not be an end in itself. We won’t live happily ever after if we expect our spouses and kids to fulfill our deepest needs, because they won’t.
While there is nothing wrong with success or starting a family, Job makes a simple observation, which boils down to this: it’s all about trusting truth versus trusting lies.
Truth can be found, yet in order to find truth we’ll have to give truth a chance! Pilate is known to have had a conversation with Jesus, which culminated in the question: “What is truth?” Unfortunately for Pilate, he did not expect an answer. His question, if anything, was rhetorical – expressing that there really is no truth to be found.
It’s imperative to believe in truth, otherwise there’s no solid ground to stand on. Here is what Jesus said to Pilate the day before He was executed (John 18:37):
“‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate.
Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’”
We do take sides, whether we like it or not. Which side we’re on determines our destiny. We either rely on truth or we rely on lies. Like a house of cards comes crushing down, that’s how lies turn on us. It doesn’t matter who is lying – we can lie to ourselves or let others deceive us. One thing is for sure: running from truth has never served us well. Lies are prone to disappoint us; in the end they will break our hearts. Yes, believing in lies is heartbreaking! Let’s not forget how fragile we really are.
What then makes us strong? Trusting in truth does. All truth comes from God, Jesus made that very clear. Taking sides, we shall take a stand and decide just how fragile or how strong we want to be.
“On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star, like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are, how fragile we are” Sting