"What do you know for sure?" is a favorite greeting of a friend of mine. It always causes me to stop and think. The problem is that so much of what we "know" is from the media, a second-hand report, or someone else's opinion given with authority. Many of us are just "sheep" following the latest news that someone has tweeted or shared on Facebook. How much is fact and how much is just subjective perception?
Every time we hear of a famous celebrity or person with academic credentials pontificating some philosophy, and then later the information fails the test of time or the person's life falls apart at the seams, we realize again how foolish it is to assume popularity means it must be correct. Things are not always the way they seem. We certainly want our lives to be built upon a rock of truth rather than the sinking sand of man's opinion.
The world is changing so fast, things that were considered immoral are being proclaimed openly as acceptable, standards of life, marriage, sex, drugs, etc. have all undergone huge shifts and transformations. How far will it go and when will it end?
However, one truth will never change. When this life is over and this present age comes to an end, only what can last for eternity will matter. God will only validate what is really true and right and good. However, because of what Jesus has done to pay the price for sin, judgment should be a time of great reward as Jesus declares, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of My Father." Obviously all things will be tested by fire, maybe the fire of God's all-knowing eyes, and regardless of politically correct opinion and society's approval, only truth will stand. Everything else will burn up.
Proverbs 23:23 advises man to buy the truth, and not to give it up at any cost. Surely Solomon understands the value of truth and the attitude of treasuring it above all things. Jesus said He is the Truth. He further stated "if you continue in My Word you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:31-32) Consider the foolproof promise of God: Anyone who seeks truth will find it. God alone knows whether one is content to follow the "sheep" doing what he pleases and holding on to whatever "truth" is popular; or on the other hand, whether the person is honestly seeking truth and ready to follow it at any cost.
The purpose of this article is to invite you to be wise, get truth, and never let go of it. Truth has eternal fruit and rewards.