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  • Steve McFarland

Who or What Can You Believe

A couple nights ago Terri and I enjoyed a nice dinner and visit with some friends. We talked, laughed, and commiserated about many things. As you would expect, one of the topics of conversation was the virus. We acknowledged frustration with not knowing who or what to believe. One “expert” with impressive credentials would state something then someone else with an imposing resume would say something completely different. In fact, often they would contradict themselves from one day to the next.

Actually, the challenge of who or what to believe is more prevalent than just covid 19. There is no shortage of opinions being expressed on subjects ranging from the creation of the universe to what’s the best toothpaste. Jesus said “wisdom is justified by her children” in other words wisdom is shown to be right by its results. No matter how good a theory may sound, nor how decorated the speaker may be, truth is proved by what it produces.

This reminds me of some 50 years ago when I was at the zenith of my athletic abilities. I would fly down the basketball court, find the open spot, a teammate would fire the ball to me, almost instantaneously I would leap high into the air, and at the very top of my incredible jump, I shot. My coach commented on how good my jump shot looked. He said my form was almost perfect there was just one problem, the ball very seldom went through the basket. He suggested, rather strongly, that the team would be better off if I focused on defense, rebounded, and set screens for my teammates who actually made baskets.

So it is with so many thoughts and theories about life today. They may sound good, those that espouse them might seem wise, but the proof is in the results. The Apostle Paul wrote “a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” Proverbs warns that “there is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death”

There is truth, a way that you can have confidence in. Not simply based on how appealing it may sound, nor influential its proponents. But because history has proven it works. It has transformed millions of lives, given hope to the hopeless, freed men from their addictions, restored broken relationships, changed the course of nations. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”.

You can trust Him and believe what He said.

Pastor Steve

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