Imagining a Vain Thing

Michael Beck

“… What is truth?” (John 18:38)

The world has by and large moved on from the skepticism of Pilate. The multitudes have been taught to define “truth” as whatever they choose to believe. But truth is not what we feel or want to believe. “Our truth” can be deception. Our feelings and perceptions can change like the weather. What we were so convinced of yesterday, we may no longer believe today. What we feel so deeply today, we may not feel tomorrow.

Truth is not such a fickle thing. It is rooted in solid reality, not the reality of our experience, but the truth which God is the author and witness of. Yes, we can attest to the fact that we have gone through certain things. We can know how we felt at the time. Indeed, “The heart knoweth his own bitterness …” (Prov. 14:10). But such does not mean that all our explanations are valid or all our responses have been good.

God does not call us to walk in our truth, but in His truth, which is the truth. He wants us to be “valiant for the truth.” (Jer. 9:3) The truth is much more than the angle through which we have processed our lives; it is all things from God’s perspective. To know the truth we are not to ask: “What do I think?” or “How do I feel?” The question should be: “What is God’s take? What is His verdict and understanding? How does He want us to respond?”

Deception on a universal scale is underway because the god of this world, who hates the truth of God, would advocate that each of us become “little gods” who fashion our own reality. When men harden their hearts and refuse to hear the truth, God turns them over to their delusions – to believe what they choose to believe.

The heathen are raging, and the people are imagining vain things (Psalm 2:1). The insanity will only get worse before the Truth returns. Only then will there be a return to reality.

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.