Truth Seeking Can Be Dangerous
The world system hates capital T “Truth seekers.”
Much of this world’s "truth" is situational, shifting with cultural norms, and adaptable to the seasons of life. Sounds reasonable, but it is deceptive and a trap for Christ followers.
God’s Truth stands firm. There is no “shadow of turning,” only constancy. His Truth is eternal.
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” James 1:16-18 NKJV
Our daughter and her family visited an alligator farm this past summer. One granddaughter, who was six at the time, displayed great bravery by holding a baby alligator. Her sisters were amazed and impressed.
Deception and lies start small. They seem manageable and tame when we first entertain them. But like baby alligators, they grow into lethal beasts, seeking to devour. Truth, with a capital T, is their prey.
Seeking Truth has always been dangerous
The magi were warned in a dream not to return to Herod but to travel home by a different route. Herod felt threatened by the talk of a new King being born, and he ordered all boys age 2 and under to be killed in Bethlehem following Jesus’ birth. (See Matthew 2)
Accepting Jesus in some present-day cultures still leads to violent persecution, disinheritance, being turned out by family, legal forfeiture of goods and property, and even death. Though undermining lurks, thank God the United States remains a bastion of religious freedom. Long may this freedom ring.
But what if it doesn’t?
God’s favor was on Daniel, who lived in Babylon during the Israelite's exile. He served several Babylonian rulers well and rose to become a respected and powerful man in that kingdom. Even so, his enemies used underhanded tactics to seek his life and to knock him from his exalted position.
Though loved by the king, through deception and manipulation by the king’s advisors, even King Darius could not keep Daniel from being thrown in the lion’s den. The only rule Daniel broke was continuing to pray to his God. (See Daniel 6)
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6:10
Constancy during adversity is key
Yes, Daniel got thrown to the lions, but God shut their mouths. He was not harmed, but his enemies died. Daniel continued to prosper, not simply despite the challenges, but because of them. But legalistic obedience, his adherence to praying three time a day, didn’t keep him safe.
Daniel’s intimate relationship with God, mined in those precious moments of prayer, kept his heart secure, his faith solid.
Let’s set our faces toward God and press into His presence. Stand firm, beloved, in who you are in Christ. Reject the lies of the enemy and walk in holiness. The world may think us strange, but the host of heaven applauds. The throne room rejoices.
May we become fire in the hands of God to slay the alligators our adversary, the devil, sends our way.