By Logan Lanier
Allow me to paint a picture for a minute. Visualize this: the house of your dreams. A tri-level home with wrap around porches, large living spaces, beautiful architecture and trim work, granite kitchen counters . . . the works. Now imagine that house is falling apart. This house is leaning, slanted to one side, with huge cracks in the roof. I don’t know about you, but this would not be the type of house I would want to make a home. What is the real problem with this house? The foundation is improperly built and is too weak to support the weight and structure of the house. If the foundation is not built properly, the house will fall. Likewise, if a home, a marriage, a family, or even an individual is not firmly planted on absolute truth, it will not survive. Absolute truth is imperative for us to build our lives and relationships on.
Since this concept is so important, how do we determine what absolute truth is? The answer is found in John 14:6 (KJV). Jesus gives us the definition of truth in this: “. . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Truth can be found throughout the Word of God. According to John 17:17 (KJV), “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”. We can rely on the Bible to give us absolute truth in every situation. We can rejoice that God gives us absolute truth to battle against the flawed false “truth” we find in the world. Trying to define truth without basing it on God’s Word will lead to a poor foundation.
I Corinthians 3:10-11 (KJV) show us the foundation we need to build on is Jesus Christ and His Word. Looking to Christ, we can have confidence that our foundation is solidly built on absolute truth. Once the foundation is solid, it will be capable of holding up the rest of the house similar to how the foundation of the house holds the home together.
Ephesians 6 points us to another item that holds things together: the belt of truth. Verse 14 tells us to equip ourselves with the belt of truth as part of the whole armour of God. We need this belt to hold the armour in place just like we require a solid foundation to hold the house together. It is no coincidence that the metaphors used for truth in the Bible are things that firmly hold foundational truths in place in our lives. The message is clear. Truth will hold us together.