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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I Can Know Truth By Looking at God

In review of Proverbs 2:9 it says, “God shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time.”

Bottom Line:
God will show you how to know right from wrong and which path to take.

What this means to me:
With wisdom from God, I will learn how to distinguish right from wrong and how to find the right decision and ultimately the way to go.

As I explored yesterday, the philosophies of individualism, secularism, and relativism have really devastated our culture’s moral thermometer, the consequences of which have been dramatic in general and on each of us individually.

What can I possible do about it?

The first part of Proverbs 2 instructs me to search earnestly for wisdom and insight and ask the Lord to grant wisdom and understanding. I am to start with God, who embodies truth. What is truly right and wrong will get its meaning in the character of God himself. Dishonesty is wrong because God is honest. Unfaithfulness is wrong because God is faithful. I can know truth by looking at how God interacts with me.

Today’s verse says, “[God] shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time” (Proverbs 2:9 TLB). I can know the character of God through his Word. The Bible tells me what’s true whether I like what it says or not.

Once I encounter truth, God’s truth, I’ll recognize two key features of it every time I see it.

First it’s universal. It applies to everyone. If it doesn’t apply to everyone, it’s not truth. It’s an opinion. Secondly, it’s unchanging. It won’t be moved by fads or fashions. Adultery was wrong 2,000 years ago, it’s wrong today, and it will be wrong 4,000 years from today.

The choice is mine. “Whose justice? Whose morality? Whose community? Whose family? Whose values?” This my choice each and every day. There are three options for how to discover truth. I can choose to base my morality on what I think, on what other people think, or on what God thinks.

In summary my choice will dictate how I live and love. With wisdom from God, I will learn how to distinguish right from wrong and how to find the right decision and ultimately the way to go.

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