It the midst of disasters, high pressure situations, and crunch time before a deadline it is hard to admit to the truth. Naturally we want to believe that everything is going according to plan. Obviously things should turn out on schedule. Hope is that we hold onto. Yet our minds have already started to fret, worry, and be anxious. In others words we are being prepared for reality.
This attitude and approach seeps into every corner of life. Politicians deny the truth for as long as they can. When it finally confronts them in the bold light of day they respond by twisting the situation to the truth can be seen in a different light. Corporate players push their version of the truth until the financials are written. Forecasts are inflated, outlooks extended, and optimism reigns. Some even get into doctoring the books so that the financial accountability that comes to all is postponed. In every situation truth is a rare commodity that is getting harder to find with each coming day.
Individually I find myself part of the cycle. I deny what I suspect to be true. I blame others when the accountability rests solely on my back. I ignore facts that can help me adjust and refine. Everything else is my life is on the judgment block except my own decisions, choices, and actions!
There is an alternative path. See life as it is and respond. In the midst of John’s vision, just when a series of judgments were being delivered, someone saw the truth. Their words should haunt us all. “Yes, Oh God, the Sovereign-Strong! Your judgments are true and just!” (Revelation 16.7)
The Spirit is willing to give us feedback and a better path. The questions for each in the darkness of the night and the quietness of the morning are simple and direct. Do we want to know the truth? Can we realize in our hearts that God’s love transcends any and all choices, decisions, and actions that we take? We are loved unconditionally. What happens next is our real truth.