Seeking the Truth
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” [John 14:5–6 ~ NIV]
“Do you remember when you were a kid and someone told you something you resisted or doubted? How often we would reply, ‘Says who?’ And we especially said, ‘Says who?’ when someone was asserting some kind of authority over us. It always comes back to the same place: ‘Who?’ Almost anybody can be right once in a while, which is why the search for truth isn’t based on a what. As someone once said, even a broken clock is correct twice a day. But if you find the right who, the person who is right not just by accident or by passing fair judgment but because truth is at the core of that person’s being, then you’ve found proper authority in life. [Mel Lawrenz, Putting the Pieces Back Together (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005), 150–151]
When I was growing up, I used to watch a television program called “Truth or Consequences.” It was a game show hosted by Bob Barker, most known as the host of “The Price is Right”. The show actually began on radio in the fifties and even had a town in New Mexico named after it. The basic premise of the show was, if you came up with the right solution or answer — the truth — then good things happened usually in the form of prizes. However, if you were wrong, there were consequences!
Life is not a game show but in life there are also consequences to our choices and decisions. How we come to our decisions is a very personal thing. Some people do seek the truth to guide their decisions while others simply look for what benefits them regardless of whether it is truthful or not. I wish I could say that those who seek the truth always receive a better “reward,” at least in worldly terms, but that is not always the case. Sometimes when we seek the truth and do the “right thing,” it seems we still end up on the short end of the stick.
But that depends on depth of our perception. Life is more than just the physical. Our lives encompass our spirit, soul and body, and while we may not like certain “physical” consequences to our choices and decisions, they can still benefit us spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Our perception of truth will affect our entire lives and being. That is why truth is so important for us to consider.
Author Mel Lawrenz insists that truth is not based on a what, but a who. He writes, “If you find the right who, the person who is right not just by accident or by passing fair judgment but because truth is at the core of that person’s being, then you’ve found proper authority in life.” This is an interesting idea since most people looking for the truth are seeking an idea or a principle. Lawrenz is not merely speaking of personifying truth as an idea or principle. He literally means that truth is a person, that truth is the essence of who that person is.
Enter Jesus. When he was preparing His disciples for the series of events that would begin with His crucifixion and culminate in His ascension to Heaven, Jesus tried to describe where He was going. His disciples were confused and Thomas basically said that they didn’t know where He was going so how would they get there. Jesus answered him by saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus embodied the way to God, as well as the truth and the life that leads to God! He is the Truth.
What is it that guides your life and the decisions you make? Is it merely what is most amenable to you or is it something more? Does the truth and “doing the right thing” matter to you? If so, to whom do you look for guidance? Who is your source of “truth”?
Jesus declared, “I am the Truth.” Seek Him and you will find the truth you need.