Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.” – Proverbs 23:23
I was in that hazy moment between sleep and wakefulness. In that period, when the fragmented after-image of some obtuse dream superimposes upon the world at large, I thought that what I dreamt was real. With shock and horror (and the agility of a cat) I leapt off the sofa absolutely convinced that a congregation of snakes had gathered at my feet. Fortunately for me, it was all a dream.
For many people today, there is a dream-like quality to their understanding. As in my ridiculous dream, there is an overlay of humanistic lies and worldly philosophies upon the truth. But that’s the way it is with the shadowed half-truths offered by the world. What seems to be real is actually the misty dream of human, worldly reason. It’s time to wake up! We read in Ephesians 5:14, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” When fully awake, you realize that the world’s wisdom, which once appeared so absolute, is actually nothing more than an ethereal illusion.
Consider what the apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Dr. Del Tackett (2006) of The Truth Project asks the question, “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” There needs to be, for every believer, a hunger – a quest – to passionately know the truth. So, how much of what you believe is built upon the solid foundation of God’s holy word? Invariably many Christians will occasionally embrace not only the word of God but also the shadowy dream-like imagination of the world.
To give you an example, I remember talking with a group of Christians about the implications of God’s word on our view of life. Ultimately the conversation turned to the debate between creation and evolution. I was shocked by how many embraced the theory of evolution and yet adamantly confessed that they believed the entire word of God. What happened? To put it bluntly, the illusion of evolution was superimposed upon the reality of creation and the illusion won out. You need to examine yourself and ask if everything you believe is from the truth of God or from some morphed amalgam of both the truth and a lie.
Look around at the world at large and find a source of truth other than God – it might be harder than you think. Newscasters are blatantly biased. Politicians twist facts for personal gain. False religions abound and deception is rampant. But God has given us His word, a wellspring of truth that will never run dry – and you must seek it out.
This quest for truth is of great importance, and it is a quest that you must undertake – not only for your own salvation, but for the salvation of those around you. For without truth there is no saving knowledge of Christ. Let the dream-like illusion of the world vanish in the pure light of truth.
Let me encourage you: it’s time to be fully awake.
©2012 Michael Duncan
Tackett, D. (2006). The truth project. Video series. Colorado Springs, CO: Focus on the Family