Sometimes, I have discussions, with myself, with others, with God. I remember when I was a teenager and knew EVERYTHING I would at times have discussions with my dad, who was highly educated, multiple Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, very smart as well. (FYI, Educated does not always equal smart, I have known MANY extremely smart people with minimal education.) And, while I thought my logic was sound, my reasoning true, there were times that I was not correct. Now, when one is faced with truth they have options on how to react. Accept the truth that is presented; continue to argue the point, while knowing the previous “truth” one was basing argument on is not so and despite knowing the truth continue to debate the falsehood to avoid admitting error; steer the conversation in a different direction to avoid facing the truth; get upset or angry, lash out with unfair comments then refuse to discuss anything at all, period, terminate all contact just to not have to face the FACTS and allow one’s self to continue living with the falsehood they refuse to admit.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
I have been, at various times, guilty of all. The worst of all is when I have refused to listen to truth to provide myself with a false sense of self righteousness. Turning a deaf ear and blind eye to what I know to be true. Happy in my own ignorance. Unfortunately, yes, I have been this one at times. Hurtful and frustrating when as a parent, seeing one of my children do this; as a coworker when trying to explain procedures and the proper way to perform certain tasks to a subordinate who refuses to do things correctly, creating hardship for all involved.
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. Proverbs 10:8
Here, commandments can mean instruction from God, His guidance, Christ’s conviction of the wrong believes one chooses to continue.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15
Yup, I have been guilty, seeing right in my own eyes, sometimes refusing to see the truth, other times, knowing and turning my back on the truth because it did not fit my personal wishes at the time. Of course, one’s failure to accept the truth does not change the truth. There are many ways the Bible shows God’s opinion of this matter, about the fools, the blind, the deaf.
Lord, I pray you give me the wisdom to see your truth and accept it. Not fight it or argue it with you. I praise you and thank you for your blessings and patience with me. I ask you give loved ones the ability to see, understand and accept your truth as well.
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous: Psalms 146:8
Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Matthew 23:19
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? Luke 6:39
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. John 8:43
In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. I Corinthians 14:21
So very many times, God speaks to us, so very many times we are too stubborn to hear Him. Worse yet, is when we hear and don’t listen. We allow self and others to convince us what God wants. Using our human minds to justify actions because one thinks this or that would be better. Now, I am not saying Christ doesn’t want us to think about things and use good judgement. I am saying, for me, there have been times that I had my own ideas about what He wanted me to do, because I knew what I wanted to do. I ignored His truth, to accept the false truth I wanted. I talked with others to seek advise, but often in giving them information about the choices, gave less than accurate details, to in a manner, direct their opinions to support mine. I didn’t like what God was telling me, so I talked with people and gave them only the information I wanted to give them, so that the only reasonable choice was the one that I wanted and at the time better served my desires for whatever. If I wanted a new car, I talked with people that I knew would always think that was a good idea. I told them things in a way, that it only made sense to do what I wanted. I’d talk about how the mileage was so bad on the one I had, the issues that came up were doing so too often and costing me so much to fix it. So that they would say, yeah, you need a new car. Even if the real truth was that the one I had would suffice and I would not be paying as high of a price as listening to the car dealer and buying new. I gave an altered version of the truth, to justify my actions. Because the real truth was not what I wanted. The truth was hard to accept. I was blinding myself to the truth, and blinding those I asked for advise from, because I knew if they saw all the facts, they would have different opinions. Even after making a bad decision, convincing myself, and using others to convince me, that the conflict I felt was not because the devil was trying to cause me problems now, but because I had failed to listen to God’s truth and facing the truth now, I become conflicted by the fact I chose the wrong path initially. Facing the truth about a wrong decision is difficult. Human vanity often makes it difficult for one to accept it, so when the internal conflict arises that comes with knowing I chose wrong, I seek to find ways to support that wrong decision. And, seek those who would support my wrong choice. Because, the truth is hard to accept.
BUT, one truth, though I, and others, often fight accepting it because we want to continue in our ways at times, don’t want to admit we are wrong, we are too stubborn, ashamed, feel we aren’t worthy of it or many other excuses is that Jesus is there for us and all we must do is confess to Him, honor Him and ask Him for the gift of salvation. But, when I did, the real truth was easy to see.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
I am thankful that God continues to speak to my heart. To show me things I knew, but in a slightly different manner, so that I understand them better. He sheds light on the scripture so I better understand what He is trying to tell me. The words don’t change, His meaning and intent didn’t change. He changed my heart so I am no longer deaf or blind to the meaning. He is working on me so that I will be more receptive to His truths, and not as easily able to let my human self see only the part of the truth I want.
Lord, I praise your holy name. I bask in the warmth of your love and forgiveness. I thank you for the opportunity you have given me to become a better man, a better Christian. Teaching me to be more receptive to the truth. I ask that you continue to work in my heart that I become more and more receptive, that you help me better hear you and see your plan for my life. I pray that loved ones come closer to you and that you make them sensitive to the truth as well. Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness.
Well, some good points here, some where, well, I sometimes worry I ramble and take off on a tangent. But, I hope it makes sense to folks and they can find the truth, that is sometimes hard to take, sometimes hard to find. Thanks for bearing with me. Sometimes, I am sure it isn’t easy. Sometimes, I have trouble bearing with myself long enough to get that pearl He has for me.