God's Own Truth
19 October 2016
Reading: Job 4-5; Psalm 108, Acts 10-11
34 Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! 35 It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. (Acts 10:34-35 MSG)
It’s God’s own truth! God intended all along for salvation to be available to people of all races through Jesus Christ. This was promised in the Old Testament, and the Jews were familiar with all the scriptures and prophecies that said it. Jesus himself had made it very clear that the Good News was for people of all nations.
The problem was that Peter, the apostles, and the Jewish Christ-followers read and heard all that truth through a particular filter that prevented them understanding it. It took a vision of pigs in a blanket to get Peter started in the right direction, then it took a visit from an angel to get him to make the next step. When he took the steps, he learned some new things about “God’s Own Truth,” but only when he took the steps.
Peter’s obedient—even though not fully understood—steps of faith positioned him to receive revelation from God that would change everything. It was not new truth, but a new understanding of a truth that had been there all along. Then the Holy Spirit powerfully entered the picture and confirmed everything God had just revealed.
God’s Own Truth has been there all along. I don’t understand it all because I, like Peter, have my own truth filters. God challenges me to take steps of eager, truth-hungry faith toward the experiences that will remove my filters, alter my perspectives, and let me experience things that will make God’s Own Truth, My Own Truth.
If I don’t take the faith steps God’s Own Truth calls for, I won’t experience the truth God has for me!
What faith steps is God challenging you to take today?
Father, Please don’t give up on me. I want God’s Own Truth to become My Own Truth. I know this is a risky prayer, but I want to keep going and growing. Don’t let me spend the rest of my life viewing truth through my personal filters. As you progressively reveal “God’s Own Truth” to me, give me the truth-hunger and change-capacity to keep taking steps of faith into God’s Own Truth! Amen.