[This is the twenty-fourth post about the Blessed Hope–the return of Jesus Christ (Strong Delusion)]
Understanding truth is an eternal longing. Through the ages, poets and philosophers have tried to grasp it.
Truth is like the scent of lilacs drifting on a warm breeze. On a gorgeous, sunny day the captivating scent is delightful. Lovers of truth pursue the essence until the blossoms are discovered and the fragrance breathed in.
Like the perfume of lilacs, truth leads us to beauty, gives us rest, and makes us believe that everything will be all right. Truth carries with it the freshness of life.
Truth compels us to believe in our Creator, the One who watches over us and gives us beauty. He’s here. He cares. He’s sovereign. He is truth.
But truth can be missed. Even the powerful Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, had questions. Pilate’s authority stood on the iron fist of Rome, but when he questioned Jesus, he lost his footing. Pressured by the threat of an uprising and his wife’s disturbing dreams, the ruler fell into confusion and asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38, nkjv).
As the time of the end draws near, truth is becoming rare. Those who look for truth may find they are digging in a miry pit trying to uncover it. Pursuers of the truth may find their backs aching and their fingernails clogged with mud.
When truth is offered in our media-saturated culture, it is smothered in useless information and shouted down with dissension.
Truth can be obscured, especially by pride. We can miss it if we’re not careful. Like Pontius Pilate, Truth is right in front of us.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6, nkjv).
The question for us is, will we love the truth? Can we accept Him, follow Him, and trust Him?
Loving the truth is life-giving. When long hours and anxious worry cloud our days, we need truth. And when truth comes out, we all sigh together in relief. We breathe in the harmonizing aura of God’s reality and our lives are made over anew.
There is an alternative to loving the truth and it’s not a pleasant one.
Before the Second Coming of Christ, the days of the antichrist will be marked not by truth, but by strong delusion. Those on the Earth at that time will believe lies and deception. God Himself will send the strong delusion. Why?
“ . . . because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion . . . ” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, nkjv).