“The problem isn’t that God doesn’t speak truth. The problem is we don’t like the truth He speaks.”
This quote by Senior Pastor Mark Smith at First Jackson today stopped me cold. The message was titled The Faithfulness of God. Mark gave us a lot of things to consider, to ponder. I will confess when I heard this statement, my brain got stuck processing it (so thank heaven for podcasts and streamed video so I can listen to the remainder of the message again).
I felt like we were in Bible Drill back at First Wiggins. Every scripture was so focused. Frankly I should have written them down and not flipped page to page in my Bible following him (but as usual had used the notes area on the worship folder to write down choir stuff – I will make sure I get to church with my note pad from now on). II Thessalonians 3:3 did stick: But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. How could we not like that particular truth? I dare say no one would argue with the promise of God’s protection against Satan but we tend to judge God’s faithfulness based on what we want from Him rather than what He expects from us – “the truth He speaks.”
I don’t know about you, but I want to be so in tune that I am always good with “the truth He speaks.” I am not there yet. Are you?