How do you discern who tells the truth? When everything is swirling how do you peek in and make sense of the chaos?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. Psalm 11:10
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
I've learned that the loudest voice is not the most trustworthy one. I have also learned that the biggest crowd isn't reliable. The closer I try to peek in, in my tight squint, I realize I have to be careful that I am not looking for fault. Instead, truth comes to me when I am looking at what is good and what is right.
When I worship Him in His truth of who He is, leaving behind all of my thoughts or concerns, I hear Him speak and it is soft and beautiful and it is gentle and holds peace. I am not left feeling angry because I know He is in control of what He spoke to my heart. If I looked to Him in that truth and if I did not seek to prove a thing, than I can rest that what I don't know right now, will soon be made known.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
What are they saying? How are they speaking?
Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:1-7
When the crowd gathers, is it in a spirit of unity, leaving self behind, for the sake of what Christ is doing? Or is that crowd bringing self to circle where gossip, innuendo, and accusation rule? Does anger reign or tears for righteousness? Does prayer join them or scheming?
If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
I took the picture above when it was completely dark outside. Amazes me how that little flash of the camera reveals so much.