T is for…Truth, Trustworthy, Teacher
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T is for…
Teacher see also Rabbi.
“Hebrews 2:18 “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Like us, Jesus was tempted. After He was baptized, He was led into the dessert for 40 days where He was tempted by Satan. Unlike us though, He never gave in to these temptations. It’s very rare that I recognize and appreciate the fact that Jesus was fully man. Usually I focus on the fact that He was fully God. Still, when I stop and think about it, I am appreciative of the fact that He took on flesh and underwent the same type of struggles that we all fact. It’s amazing that we have a God who can relate to us, because He has truly been there. He understands.
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
In this current culture of tolerance, absolute truth has become the thing that Americans will not tolerate. People say things like “If that makes you happy…” and “That may be true for you, but it isn’t right for me.” Once, in sharing Jesus with someone, they said they “didn’t want to believe in a God that would send her husband to hell for being an atheist.” I didn’t know what to say at the time, but my husband had a great response. He said “wouldn’t you want to believe in the truth, in the God that exists.” We are all often guilty of making God in our own image – of ascribing to Him the characteristics we believe He should have, and leaving off the ones we don’t like so much. (We do the same, oftentimes, with his rules and commands). Over the course of this series, my aim has been to know and learn more about who God REALLY is, rather than who I want Him to be. I am also trying to stop feeling guilty/apologetic about there being absolute truth – there is. Jesus is the truth – and other things are not true. We owe it to people to be honest, even if it’s hard to go again the grain of our culture.
2 Samuel 7:28 “Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.”
God doesn’t break promises. He doesn’t tell lies. We can trust in the things His word says. Sometimes, I struggle with this. (A lot actually). It’s weird really. I believe my husband when he tells me something. I believe my friends and family. But I struggle to believe God sometimes. I have no reason not to. He has proved Himself faithful time and time again, both in His Word and in my own life. I should know better by now. He is dependable and I can count on Him!