Facing the Unpleasant Truth

Michael Beck

“To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:7)

We can so not like a fact of our life that we can live in denial concerning it. It’s not that it isn’t obvious. It stares us in the face day after day. Somehow though, seeing is not believing. We so much don’t want to admit our reality that we live in a fantasy. Our fantasy allows us to keep the dream alive. The cold, hard, brutal reality is too painful for us to bear.

Unless God changes the reality we face, “it is what it is.” But are we living in a delusion when we hold out hope that He can change a situation? Would we be better off resigning ourselves to the unpleasant truth of the matter? Would that keep us from the heartsickness that comes when hope is constantly deferred?

There is a truth greater than the “truth” of our experience; it is greater than our thoughts and emotions. It is the perspective God would give us concerning our life that makes every bitter thing sweet; that comforts us in all our tribulation; that opens the prison doors that would trap us in sorrow and anger. The situation may never change, but we change when God’s light shines into the prison cell. The entrance of His words give light. In His light we see light and the unpleasant truth can no longer keep us in its tormenting grip.

When the unpleasant truth rears its ugly head and wants to stare you in the face, don’t go into denial or despair, face it with God’s pleasant truth that will set you free.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.