Seeking the Truth
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
Sound like our culture? We have to commit ourselves to seeking the truth.
It’s not always easy, and it’s always intentional to seek the truth. If you make a commitment ‑‑ I need to be very honest with you about this ‑‑ if you make a commitment to seek the truth for the rest of your life, it’s not always easy to seek the truth. It’s not always popular to seek the truth, because often the truth contradicts popular opinion. It contradicts conventional wisdom while the world is saying: “Well, it’s okay because everybody’s doing it.” The truth is, it’s not okay. So, it’s not always popular to be honest and to seek the truth.
And, I need to warn you that sometimes the truth is painful. Would you agree with that? Sometimes the truth is painful. Sometimes the truth is scary. Sometimes the truth is unpleasant because sometimes we don’t want to face the truth about our past. Or, we don’t want to face the truth about ourselves. Or, we don’t want to face the truth about our failures. Or, we don’t want to face the truth about our fears. But seeking the truth is the only way to emotional health and stability ‑‑ to face it, to seek it, and know the truth; to admit it.
1 Tim 4:7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
I saw a bumper sticker a while back ‑‑ maybe you’ve seen these before ‑‑ it says: “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” Have you ever seen that? There’s only one problem with that. It ought to say: “God said it, that settles it, whether I believe it or not.”
It doesn’t matter whether we believe it or not, it’s still true. I mean, you could say the world is flat, and I could say the world’s round. You say: “Well, I believe it, you believe it,” but that doesn’t make it true. People say: “Well, my idea of God is…” fill in the blank. Why don’t we look at what Jesus said God is like? He probably knows a little better than we do.
So, where is the best place to seek the truth?
1 Tim 3:15 This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.
When you gather with other believers, you’re with God’s people looking at God’s Word. That’s the best place to seek the truth.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.