Friday, September 5, 2014

The Truth Behind KNOWING The Truth

Good morning/afternoon/evening to you all!  I pray that you'll be blessed and inspired by this blog post!

There is a popular saying that goes, "Curiosity killed the cat."  However, it wasn't until I reached adulthood that I learned the latter part to that cliche:

Curiosity killed the cat; but satisfaction brought him back.

I thought about the merit and validity behind that statement.  Sometimes, finding out the truth (considering the circumstances of which) can be absolutely horrifying!  Learning the truth of the matter can hurt.  Even when you take the initiative to play detective in finding out what's what, once you find out the truth, the chances of devastation are still quite high.  Depending upon the circumstance or nature of that particular truth, it can kill your joy, your peace, your motivation, etc. In fact, there's an old movie quote from Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men that was heavily quoted: "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

Ironically, some can't handle the truth.  Learning the truth could be so traumatic that, unless God intervenes, it'll cripple a person.  The following are some examples of devastating truths:

Finding out that your spouse/significant other is cheating.
Finding out that you were adopted.
Finding out that another relative is actually your birth parent.
Finding out that "your child" is NOT yours.
Finding our that your spouse/significant other never loved you.

I am reminded of an independent film entitled COVER.  It's a suspense/drama film about a woman on trial for the murder of a well-known singer.  The film opens up with the D.A. informing the press about the possible charges against her as she is escorted into the interrogation room.  She persuades the detective to allow her to tell her side of the story, which reveals her uncanny connection to the slain singer.  During the course of her story, she revealed how she learned some unfortunate things about her marriage.  It almost crippled her, especially in her walk with God - Curiosity killed the cat. She almost turned her back on God, but thankfully her pastor's wife was able to encourage her to take it as a life lesson learned.  With her suspicions proven true (with bizarre twists and turns), although it hurt her to the core, she pulled herself together, gained a peace by knowing and accepting the truth, and moved on with her life - satisfaction brought her back.  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Finding out the truth wasn't easy, but it made a way for her to put the past behind her and move on with her life.  

                                                                        (movie still from COVER)

There are some who would rather carry on as usual out of fear of knowing the truth.  That is NOT ideal. Why live a possible lie, knowing that there's a burning curiosity on the inside to find out the truth? Your peace has been traded in for worry and a forced, falsified happiness that "all is well."  However, you won't experience TRUE peace until you find out the truth.  If you are in this situation, pray and ask God to lead and guide you.  Always remember:  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
He may allow you to stumble across something that will confirm your suspicions as true.  Ask God to prepare your heart and mind to receive the TRUTH.  It may hurt, but the peace that'll eventually follow is worth it.  There's nothing like knowing that you know that you KNOW!
"Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, OLord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me." Psalm 40:11  

With every negative, there is a positive.  Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  When Apostle Paul said "all things," all means all - the good, bad, ugly, unfortunate, terrible, etc.  Even if the situation you're in is a terrible one-a situation so horrific that you wouldn't wish it upon your worst enemy-it's only a matter of time before the glory is revealed.  You will gain an understanding as to why that thing happened. You'll eventually see the bigger picture.  Oftentimes, the things we go through isn't for ourselves, but for someone else!  Let's stop being selfish-it's NOT ABOUT US, ALL OF THE TIME!  How can we render a testimony unless we've been TESTED?!  Someone may be delivered through hearing your testimony.
There is a big purpose in our pain; it often gives birth to a great blessing.  In this case, the blessing is in knowing the truth for yourself and being able, with the help of God, to move past the pain, the hurt, the frustration!  That's how you overcome!   To overcome is the "succeed in dealing with a difficulty."  You learn the truth and through the loving power of God, He'll help you deal with it!  Guess what?  He WANTS to help and guide you!  He'll never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Learning the truth of the matter can be painful; it might open a "Pandora's box," BUT with God on your side, He'll guide you through it all.  Beloved, think it not strange...1 Peter 4:12-13.

If you have a matter you're uncertain about and have a desire to know the truth once and for all, PRAY and ask God to lead you.  Ask God to reveal it to you.  Ask God to prepare your heart and mind to receive the truth.  Sometimes, God will set it up to where you really don't have to do much; it'll just be presented before you.  Just be ready to receive it.