Every day, we find ourselves questioning what’s real and what’s not in the way we talk to each other, make choices, and take in information. It’s like truth is always being tested in everything we do. The truth is not just a concept reserved for formal settings like courtrooms or classrooms; it’s a constant presence in the ebb and flow of our daily lives. Take, for instance, the conversations we have with others. Whenever we talk to someone, it’s like we’re dancing through a world of different ideas and views. We have to dig deep through all the chatter to find what’s truly real and honest. Whether we’re chatting about the news with a friend or trying to find middle ground with a coworker, figuring out what’s true takes a mix of critical thinking, active listening, and discernment.

When we’re truly engaged and curious, these moments of interacting with others become opportunities to not only discover what’s real but to also gain a deeper understanding of the world around us. We have to ask questions, dig beneath the surface, and be willing to challenge our own beliefs. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I believe the word of God shows us how to navigate this mining of truth with God’s wisdom. Allowing us to discover that understanding truth goes beyond just being smart; it calls for empathy, a pure spirit, and a firm dedication to seeking genuine connections and authenticity in everything we do.

Proverbs 14:15 tells us, 

The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. 

In a world saturated with information, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing everything we hear. But through this proverb, the Lord reminds us of the importance of critical thinking and discernment. How often do we pause to question the things we encounter? Are we simply accepting information at face value, or are we taking the time to investigate and verify its truthfulness?
Proverbs 18:17 lets us know, 

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. 

This proverb speaks volumes about the power of perspective and the need for thorough examination. How often do we rush to judgment based on initial impressions or one-sided narratives? Are we willing to listen to opposing viewpoints and consider alternative perspectives before forming conclusions?

1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to 

test everything; hold fast what is good.

Here, we’re reminded of the importance of actively engaging with the truth, rather than passively accepting or rejecting it. How do we test the validity of the information we encounter? What criteria do we use to determine what is good and worthy of holding onto?
1 John 4:1 declares, 
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This verse urges us to exercise discernment and spiritual wisdom in determining truth from falsehood. How do we discern the spirit behind the messages we encounter? What roles do faith, prayer, and the condition of our hearts play in our quest for truth?
As we navigate these tests of truth in our daily lives, let’s remember that it’s not just about seeking answers, but also about asking the right questions. The quest for truth is more than just uncovering facts—it’s about transforming ourselves into more compassionate, discerning people by the grace of God. Let’s embrace this challenge with courage and conviction, trusting that God will grant us the knowledge needed to safely travel through the complexities of our perceptions of His truth.

May the light of the Lord guide your steps in this dark world.

Deacon Darnell Sheffield

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