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Friday, August 9, 2013
Wooden flowers at the Central Market in Lancaster PA.
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"Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7).
We surely live in the most "educated" period in human history. The other night I heard a young man being interviewed who, like so many, was having a hard time getting a job following his graduation from college. He referred to his generation as being the most “academically qualified” in comparison to all previous generations. Now it is my observation that a greater percentage have additional education and even many advanced degrees but certainly this does not necessarily lead to a knowledge of the truth. In fact for many it has shattered their faith in the truth of the Bible.
Always learning can be a commendable trait whether young or old but of infinitely greater importance is coming to the knowledge of the truth!
Today's Bible text is from Paul's second letter to Timothy. He is writing of conditions in the last days in which he describes as perilous.
Among the conditions of people's hearts is deception. Among the characteristics of both deceivers and the deceived is that they are "always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." Another version states, "always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth." Could it be that the philosophy of their day was much like ours now – make truth relative so that it conforms to our preferred outlook and resulting lifestyle, rather than accepting truth as originated from Holy Scriptures and conforming to its absolutes.
Information abounds as well as the means to acquire it. Just consider what the internet has done regarding the accessibility of information. The Amplified Bible translates this verse, "They are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth." I believe the emphasis and capitalization of "Truth" is significant. Paul is not merely speaking in a general sense as to what is true and what is not, but rather the supreme truth of God's revelation in Christ. So many, many are indeed always learning and attaining knowledge without coming to the knowledge of this truth.
In the first two chapters of Romans we have three responses to the truth: suppression, exchange, and disobedience (1:18,25;2:8). My, these are surely responses that abound in our day.
May it be said of us in regard to our response to the truth that we are learning and fully acknowledging the Truth. If we are doing so we will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (see 2 Peter 3:18)
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You grant us access to Your presence through Your Son, Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we come into personal relationship with Him we begin to know the Truth that sets us free from the deceit and lies of Satan. Help us to faithfully engraft Your Word into our hearts so that we will filter all that we see, hear and read to find what You, the Source and very Essence of truth have to say to our hearts. Help us to conform to Your will in all matters. Amen.
New Testament references to the phrase "the truth"
The other night we heard an interesting illustration regarding how many of our current generation regard spiritual truth:
A pastor is teaching young students about spiritual truth. He takes a jar full of beans with him. He then gets the students to guess how many beans are in the jar, and writes down their guesses on a notepad. He then asks the class members to list their favorite songs, writing them down alongside the bean estimates. The pastor then returns to the bean guesses, revealing the actual number and then whose guess was closest to being right.
After congratulations have been offered to those whose estimate was closest, attention is then refocused on the song list. “And which one of these is closest to being right?” the Pastor asks. Invariably the students argue that when it comes to “favorite songs” there is no right answer. It’s purely subjective, a matter of taste.
It’s at that point he asks, “When you decide what to believe in terms of your faith, is that more like guessing the number of beans, or more like choosing your favorite song?” Always he gets the same answer: Choosing one’s faith is more like choosing a favorite song.
Thus we see such a demonstration of the loss of objectivity in truth.
Walking through Central Market in Lancaster this morning we came across these wooden flowers that we had to feel to believe they weren't real. Silk flowers have become more and more realistic and now we're seeing hand-made wooden flowers looking more and more like fresh flowers!
Amazing in realistic color and detail!
Larger blooms are wooden flowers.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"These Things Are True Of You " Video Kristina Heisey and Tommy Walker
"All I Have Is Christ" Video Sovereign Grace Music
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