Nobody can make us believe. We do. We buy into a story and become believers. There are a number of stories out there people like to buy into.
“Get rich and live happily ever after” is one of the most common stories. 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 one simple observation which boils down to this: it’s all about trusting truth versus trusting lies. Truth can be found, but we will have to give truth a chance to find it.
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 is 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 always take sides. Which side we are on determines our destiny. We either rely on truth or on lies. Like a house of cards folding lies are unreliable. 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 will do us no good. Lies are prone to break our hearts. Let us not forget how fragile we really are.
All truth comes from God – Jesus made that very clear. Taking sides, we shall take a stand and put our trust in the Lord. He is the Rock of Ages and standing on the Rock we shall be strong.