Date: Thursday, October 9
Scripture: John 8:39-47
Verse: Because I speak the truth, you don’t believe me. (John 8:45)
The election season drives me crazy. Every commercial break on television or the radio contains at least one “vote for this person and not that person” ad. Often, I have noticed, the advertisements about the same issue or position appear back to back. The one ad tells me why I should vote one way. The next one says exactly the opposite. It gets to the point where we hear so many statements presented as fact, it is very difficult to find where the truth is.
In today’s passage, Jesus is challenging the assumptions of his hearers. They have called him a liar. They don’t believe he speaks for God, because their frame of reference is distorted. Jesus is trying to explain to them that what they believe to be the truth really isn’t. The devil, Jesus says, has lied to them for so long that they have come to believe the lie. So they think what Jesus is saying, which is actually the truth, is intended to deceive them.
The truth can sometimes seem elusive in an election season. But there are many other times in our lives when we may have trouble discerning between the truth and another way of putting things together. As Jesus says, we need to be careful of who we listen to. We can trust God, and we need to seek his truth daily — in our scripture readings, in our relationships, in everything we do.
Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to recognize your truth. Amen.
Action: As you watch and listen to all the political ads, think about your lenses. Why do resonate with some people and issues, and not with others.
Respond: Do you have any tricks for discerning the truth?
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