Sunday, July 3, 2011

Proverbs 23: Buy the Truth

"Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline, and understanding." Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth. Do not sell it. We say we buy into something when we believe it. We say it about others' acceptance of ideas usually with a sense of derision. We say of ourselves, "I'll buy that," in mild defiance to doubts or contradictions. In all cases perhaps the implication is that the believer of ideas is paying for the concept they accept. If someone buys into something false it may mean paying in disappointment or betrayal or loss. What are we paying if we buy the truth? Looking at this world, what we give in exchange for truth may be position or possessions or relationships or wealth or even life. To have Truth has meant giving everything for some people. Yet the writer here says do not sell it! That is how much worth truth has. Don't give it up for any earthly gain! Buy truth. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. Buy Truth and get the tools to live by it. That is worthwhile.
LORD, teach me Truth, please. Thank You for Your gifts of wisdom and understanding. Thank You for discipline. Teach me to use these well in all humility to reflect Your goodness and holiness. Show Yourself strong through me, Holy God, and make Your Truth lovely in my life. Let me love Your ways and live by them.

1 comment:

  1. Amen!

    Another thing we spend for truth (after receiving it) is bondage.

    John 8:31-32 (KJV), “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32]
    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”