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speak your truth

By Scott Dyer
June 26, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Kings 9:14-10:31
Acts 17:1-34
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 17:27-28

I am the youngest in my family. My brother is three years older than I, and I followed him around every moment of everyday when I was a boy. Everything was a competition to me, because I wanted to prove myself at all costs – whatever sport he played I played, whatever he learned I learned, whatever he believed I believed.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving when I was watching all of the Christmas ads with Santa giving out the latest Hot Wheels set to a kid my age, my brother looked at me and said, “You know Santa’s not real, right!” I lied and said, “Duh!” even though I wasn’t completely sure that Santa wasn’t real.

Later that day, I asked my mom if Santa was real and she didn’t lie to me. I finally knew the truth!

The next Monday morning I took it upon myself to speak the truth to my friends at school who had been lied to all of their lives. Without considering that there might be negative consequences, I stood up and shamelessly told my entire kindergarten class, “SANTA’S NOT REAL!”

In today’s story in Acts chapter 17, Paul arrives at Athens and compassionately looks around and “is distressed to see the city full of idols.” People, created in the image of God, having absolutely no idea that the gods that they’re worshipping aren’t really giving them any gifts. So, Paul takes it upon himself to go into the market and their city hall and tell the people, “Those idols aren’t real! It’s been your Father in Heaven all along!”

Paul, however, was not as ignorant as I was. I didn’t realize that when I stood up and spoke the truth, I would lose most of my friends for the next few weeks. Paul, on the other hand was well aware - he had been in and out of prison and smuggled out of cities for speaking the truth that people didn’t want to hear.

Today there are seemingly thousands of distractions and idols in our world, let’s be the ones who stand up and say, “Don’t worship the created. Worship the Creator!” No matter the cost.

To memorize:

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples[a] under me.

— Psalm 144:1-2

Prayer to start with: Heavenly Father, we confess that we often live our lives believing that things will make us whole.  Thank you that you have come that we may have life to the full, not by over-indulging, but by finding our satisfaction in you.  Give us the courage to speak this truth to ourselves, our families, our friends, and our world each day.  Amen.