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 2)
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. (Daniel 9:13, NKJV)
We have previously discussed understanding the truth and what we must do to gain understanding, and that is primarily by waiting on God. Here we are presented with a barrier to understanding the truth. What causes us to not receive understanding from the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives? We have not made our prayer before the LORD our God. Prayerlessness cuts us off from the flow of information God wants to reveal to us. If it is to understand the Scriptures or to receive personal revelation in the form of Biblical wisdom and understanding, it will not come if our prayer life is lacking. The Hebrew word for before gives us further insight because it is from the root for face. In other words, if we do not go to the face of the Lord in prayer expecting from Him we will not gain understanding of the truth. When one is mature this expectation will be like our faith in God. We will have no doubt of success.
Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel, for the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. (Hosea 4:1, NKJV)
A people without knowledge of the truth will not practice truth. In this passage the people are summoned to hear what they previously had failed to hear. Why did they not hear? Because they did not practice truth, mercy, or knowledge of God – it was not in the land! A person who waits upon the Lord will hear and practice truth.
Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:43-44, NKJV)
Obviously, these verses deal with the children of the devil, the unbeliever, but there are some important things to take note of. Satan has no control in your life, but you can still allow him to influence you by contemplating the lies he brings to you. The devil is a liar, plain and simple. Do not listen to him. The person who waits on God will hear from Him, and will hear the word of truth.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. (Romans 1:18, NKJV)
God’s wrath is revealed against those who suppress, or hides, the truth. The wrath of God will begin to be poured out during the Great Tribulation period, but is currently being stored up to those who do not belong to Him, those who suppress the truth. Are you hiding the truth? Consider the words of Jesus and the fact that you are a work done in truth:
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, NKJV)
A life hidden is a light suppressed. The life Jesus gives is the life of truth. Let your light shine as you wait upon God in truth.
Is there an area that you may be struggling with or that the Holy Spirit nudged you on as you read this lesson? 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.