I, the LORD, speak the truth. I declare what is right.” –Isaiah 45:19b
Christ’s Resurrection is the triumph of Truth over the lies of darkness. To be Resurrection people means we allow God’s Truth the reign over our lives–the Truth about Him (His goodness, faithfulness, love, power, and kingdom) and the Truth about us (our salvation, identity, hope, and promise in Christ).
Our Enemy wants to distract us from these realities, and his tactics are ever subtle as demonstrated so well in the Genesis (3:1-7) account of humanity’s fall into sin. Once our focus shifts ever so slightly from the Truth, the trajectory of our thoughts and actions move further and further away from Truth’s center into the nether regions of sin and darkness. We hear much these days that is spoken as truth. Whether it’s shrill, anxiety-evoking chatter or war drums of self-righteous anger, we need to recognize that all of this noise is not from God. When we hear something that is not true, our first response should to rebuke the lies and the Liar who foments them and to pray that God send His light into the darkness, announcing His reign over the false words that seek to destroy His Truth.
Praying in this way also puts us in a place of humility about our own knowledge. We pray for THE TRUTH to reign, not my truth as I see it. Only from this posture are we then in a place to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance and know if it is our role speak the truth in love or trust Him to reveal His Truth in another way. To pray for Truth to be revealed is a liberating practice as well, allowing us to walk more confidently in our freedom in Christ.
In these confusing days, we may feel like Thomas: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (John 14: 5). Let us rest in the great I AM, who has defeated the Father of lies, and who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
“Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life. –Book of Common Prayer, Collect Easter Week 5
- Isaiah 45:18-25
- John 8:31-32
- John 14:1-14
- Ephesians 4:11-16