Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Those separated from God do not seek truth or truth is not present in them (Part 1)
There usually is not a bigger opportunity to learn than from the mistakes of others. We will now look at negative examples of those who did not trust in the truth of God. Our imperative would be not to be like these spoken of in the Scriptures.
No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. (Isaiah 59:4, 14-15, NKJV)
The negative actions we should avoid if we want to be led by truth through waiting with hope are: (1) not praying for and working for justice; (2) not pleading or begging for truth in prayer or actions; (3) trusting in empty words; (4) speaking lies (which is contrary to speaking the truth); (5) planning evil actions; and (6) committing iniquity or sin. To walk in truth is to have the character that does not walk, or makes a habit, of these actions.
So you shall say to them, “This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.” (Jeremiah 7:28, NKJV)
Three contrary to truth actions were issued by the LORD against the nation of Israel were to be made by the prophet Jeremiah: (1) they were not obedient to God’s voice (His word of truth); (2) they would not receive God’s correction (discipline through His word of truth); and (3) they no longer spoke God’s word (proclamation of His word).
“And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,” says the LORD. “Everyone will deceive his neighbor, and will not speak the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity.” (Jeremiah 9:3, 5, NKJV)
Further indictments are made by the LORD through Jeremiah against the people. We can learn by not practicing them ourselves: (1) lying; (2) not fighting and standing up for the truth; (3) committing evil; (4) not knowing God; (5) deception; (6) not speaking the truth; and (7) going through great lengths to sin.
He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. Because of transgression, and army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered. (Daniel 8:11-12, NKJV)
Daniel states that the Antichrist casts down truth to the ground – he opposed truth and exalted himself above truth and the things of God. We should not have the same attitude in regards to truth. A person of character does not oppose the truth of the Lord.
Is there an area that you may be struggling with or that the Holy Spirit nudged you on as you read this meditation? If so commit to submit in this area to the will of God. If you have no issues praise the Lord and ask that He strengthens your character as you with upon Him with hope.