Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
I love salad bars and potlucks because you get to choose what you want to eat. Everyone has favorites and least favorites, so it’s nice when you can create the perfect plate for you. Sure, broccoli may be good for you, but if you don’t like the taste, you don’t want to eat it. Then there are the dessert opportunities. Again, you get to choose exactly what you want and how much of it you want to feast on. We are in a “have it your way” society and like to suit our own preferences.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a “choose your own way” type of truth. God’s truth is only one way…God’s way. God’s way is not always easy or desirable to our human flesh, so we have a choice to make. Do we believe that God’s word is truth, or perhaps parts of it that we like we consider true and then the rest may have been miswritten or meant for someone else? Either you believe the whole word of God or none of it. Why believe one part and not another? Some change the meaning of the Scriptures to suit their own preferences and then gather and share with others with similar preferences. The Holy Spirit is the author of the word of God. The truth lives in us and we need to act on God’s truth—even when it’s hard.
Prayer: Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your daily inspiration of your truth. I pray that I can seek your truth and live it to your glory and honor. Amen
Faith tip: Pray to the Holy Spirit for gathering nuggets of truth each day from God’s word.