Thursday, September 20, 2007

Buying the Truth

Prov. 23:23 Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

As I meditate on this one verse from Proverbs some thoughts come to mind.
  • There is a price to pay for truth. Truth is not given away freely. It cost in time, and even money, and in many cases the agony of painful life experiences.
  • Secondly, there is a temptation to sell it. If not then the writer of Proverbs would not have admonished us "do not sell it." We sell the truth when we live in a way that is not according to truth. We sell the truth when we compromise the truth out of fear, or selfish gain. When we know something is true, but we refuse to own it, or live by it, we are selling the truth. Implicit in the phrase, "do not sell it." is the thought that truth is priceless. There is nothing worthing trading for truth.
  • Lastly I see here that truth comes in different closely related forms. Wisdom, instruction, and understanding, though closely related are not the same.
For more meditation, look up the meaning of the words, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. How can you "buy" them?

Good morning

I have decided to start a new blog! For those of you that know me, you know that this is something that I have done several times.

For the last several months I had been blogging in an effort to try to help families with the Southside devotional guide. But I believe that it has long since lost it's effectiveness.

I will be sharing thoughts on this blog from my devotions as the Lord leads, but also on other things that I want to write about.

I would like to thank my friend David McMullen for the interaction that we have had over the last several months on the Southside Devotional Guide blog. I hope we can continue here. Brother David, I encourage you to get your own blog brother. You have some great thoughts, that others need to be reading.