can you handle the truth?
By Gigi Anthony
June 20, 2020
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1 Kings 22:1-53
I’m going to date myself, but does anyone remember the classic 1992 film A Few Good Men? Our reading today brought this movie to my mind. Jack Nicholson’s character, Colonel Nathan R. Jessup is on the witness stand during a military courtroom scene. Lt. Daniel Kaffe (played by Tom Cruise), is demanding the truth from the Colonel. Colonel Jessup replies, yelling, “You can’t handle the truth!”
This statement is disturbing. We serve a God of truth. Sometimes we’re afraid to tell the truth, for fear of offending someone. Check out our reading today in 1 Kings 22. It starts off wisely. In verse 5 Jehoshaphat suggests “to first seek the counsel of the Lord.” Great idea! So King Ahab consults his prophets. Unfortunately, these prophets are more like yes-men. They tell the King only what he wanted to hear, rather than the truth. The prophet that the King did not particularly like, Micaiah, was the only prophet who told him the hard truth: that disaster would befall King Ahab.
What kind of friends do you have surrounding you?
Where do you go, and from whom do you seek the truth? Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We are all called to sharpen one another; One truth teller teaches another to tell the truth.
Sure enough, Ahab does what his yes-men told him and he dies.
There have been many times in my life where I was told the truth, even though I didn't want to hear it, and I disagreed, fighting it “tooth-and-nail.” It hurt! It was hard to accept, but true nonetheless. I thank God for those people in my life. I hope and pray that you have those same kind of special people in your life, and that you are also a gracious truth teller to those you care about.
Our reading today also includes Acts 13 where Paul is proclaiming the gospel. Talk about telling the truth! What a perfect example. The “Good News” is the ultimate truth!
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him, everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
— Acts 13:38-39
Prayer to start with:Lord help us to desire truth, as well as live truth. Give us discernment in determining what is truth. Open our minds while softening our hearts. In our precious Savior’s Name, Jesus Christ, Amen.