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)
Jesus is the truth and we learn this through waiting upon God with great hope.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)
As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. (2 Corinthians 11:10, NKJV)
But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ. (Ephesians 4:15, NKJV)
Being led in God’s truth leads you to Jesus, because He is the Truth. There is no other destination for the disciple of Christ because He is the endpoint of all our longings. In Jesus we encounter the completeness of our inner man and obtain fullness of our desires. Waiting on God and crying out to be led in truth leads us to the Truth because we have a Father who hears our prayers and desires to give to us His blessings and satisfy our hunger and thirst for truth. Let us reflect on the resulting blessings given to us in knowing the Truth from these passages of Scripture.
Knowing the way, truth, and life: coming to the Father. God has engineered man with the desire to search for the meaning of life. Philosophers and religious seekers since time began have had the same questions concerning the meaning of life. The age old questions of man deal with knowing the truth of life, finding the way to the blessed life, and entry to the eternal. Jesus has come down from His heavenly abode in humiliation as one of us to bring answers to these questions. Each and every inquiry has the same answer: it is through Jesus and unto the Father that all is known. Man can search the vast writings and thoughts of man, but that will lead nowhere (or in other words the search will lead only to man, not to the Lord, the holder of truth). To tap into the knowledge of God begins by waiting upon Him and coming to the knowledge of the way, truth, and life through Jesus Christ. Wait upon the Giver of knowledge because He will lead you to all truth (2 Chronicles 1:11-12; Job 36:3; Psalm 119:66; Proverbs 1:4, 2:3, 2:6, 8:10, and 22:10; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Isaiah 11:2, 28:9, and 40:14; Jeremiah 3:15; Daniel 1:17 and 2:21; Romans 3:20; 1 Corinthians 12:8; 2 Corinthians 2:14 and 4:16; Ephesians 1:17; and 2 Peter 1:3-8).
Having the truth within you: proclaiming the message of Jesus. What a wonderful blessing it is to be possessed by the truth of Christ. To be indwelt by the Spirit of truth is a promise we can cling to when circumstances could deter a disciple from staying the course. We allow the Holy Spirit to have control and the Spirit of truth will be clear to us only if we wait upon Him. When we wait truth illuminates our minds and makes decision making and discipleship rather easy. With the truth recognized our lives testify to the truth of God and we cannot help but be better witnesses for the kingdom of God. Wait, be full of the Spirit, give up control, and testify of the Truth residing in you.
Speaking the truth of love: becoming the body of Christ. Love is what separates those of the kingdom with those of the earth. When we wait upon God and give control to the Holy Spirit we speak the truth in love as a natural fruit of our faith in Jesus. We become the body of Christ by speaking truth in love. Love is of God and waiting upon Him who is love brings us to the place of speaking the truth in love and being a community built up in love for His glory.
How do you assess your love towards others, especially those of the faith? Prayerfully meditate and assess your love as you go through the following passages:
1 Corinthians 16:13-14; Ephesians 1:3-4; Ephesians 3:14-19; Ephesians 4:1-3; Ephesians 4:1-3; Ephesians 4:15-16; Ephesians 5:1-2; Philippians 1:15-18; Philippians 2:1-4; Colossians 2:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; Titus 2:1-2; Hebrews 6:9-10; 1 John 4:6-11; 1 John 4:17-19