The Lord has many names, but if we think about it, if we changed Jesus Christ’s name to Truth it would most likely lose the meaning of truth or the definition of what we believe truth to mean. In today’s devotional, Henry Blackaby gives us an eye-opener on Truth the Person.
Truth Is a Person
And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:24-25)
~Truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said He was the Truth (John 14:6). That means that you can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus. The disciples thought they were perishing in the storm. They were fishermen who knew the sea and knew what their condition was. They had allowed their circumstances to convince them that the “truth” was their imminent death. But they were wrong. Truth was asleep in the back of their boat! ~ Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God devo
While reading this devotion I had to tune out all distractions and go back to the scripture to get a better understanding of what Blackaby was trying to explain. Blackaby went on to say something that we all do in our day to day lives:
~Since some of the disciples were fishermen, they trusted in their own expertise and wisdom rather than recognizing that only Jesus knew the truth of their situation. At times, our human knowledge in certain areas of life can blind us to our desperate need to hear a word from Truth.~Blackaby
This is so key to what Blackaby’s devotion is trying to tell us – we need to stop being dependent on ourselves and trust the Truth, which is Christ!
Blackaby goes on to say, “When Jesus spoke, the disciples saw the real truth of their situation. There was absolute calm. The disciples had seen Jesus perform other miracles, but they had not yet witnessed His power over nature in such a dimension. Often we are like the disciples. God may have recently demonstrated His power to us in a mighty way; we may have experienced many spiritual victories in the past. Yet, when a new and frightening situation comes upon us_we, too, panic and say, “Lord save me. I’m perishing!” God will remind us of His provision, saying, “I can handle this situation, too, and you will know more of Me because of it.”
How can we apply this devotional and scripture into our lives?
More notably I would say that I personally would need to remind myself that Christ is Truth and that I must do as Matt 6:33 says to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first” – in all things that I do. When I do this, I am able to remind myself that if I am dependent only on my personal life experiences and not God’s Word than I will get stressed and panic like the disciples. It’s common, I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t do the same, they go through life making choices on a day-to-day basis based on what they know, not always ‘who’ they know.
My reminder is to begin each day in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in all things. The scripture that tells us to pray without ceasing is just telling us to constantly be in connection with our Lord. To do, to speak, to act, in all we do. Not just for the major decisions in our lives but to seek the truth in the day to day interactions we have with others. How we respond to conversations, to tasks, and especially before we get ourselves in situations where we panic and lose hope. There is no greater hope than in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father we thank you for all that you did for us by dying on the cross. We ask that you would help us as we seek you first from the time we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep and rest in you. Lord we are thankful for all the experiences that you give us as they help mold us into the character of the person you can use to further your kingdom. We ask that you would not only allow us to use the experiences and wisdom that you gave us but that we would not forget to remember to seek you, the Truth, by faith. Let us trust in you not in ourselves, as we know you can do all things. Amen