Thursday, August 27 2020
Truth is one of the most essential ingrediends for human beings to survive. Without truth there are only lies and deceit.
Reading Isaiah 11 last night I was struck by this whole chapter and especially verse 5: He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment.
Earlier that day I was working on my newest fictional novel, Quest & Crown (being published shortly) and one section deals with the protagonist losing his undergarments. It was a poignant moment in his time that did not happen as planned because of his undergarments being stolen. (You will need to read this book to find out more)
Finding this verse in the same day caused me to meditate on this subject whilst the other person slept. It was late night and the best time to get close to God, in the darkness and quiet. I thought about truth and what Jesus said. "I am the Way, The Truth and the Life, nobody comes to the Father but by me."
In the Isaiah verse, wearing truth is said to be like an undergarment. It is not easily seen. It is close to my body. It is an intimate garment that we keep private. It guards our most precious parts. What a beautiful way to express truth? Sometimes our truth is challenged and it is never easy to fight for the truth if lies and deceipt are hammering our minds. We must guard what we have been given from God. The truth is essential in everyday life and it sometimes causes us to be more corageous than we really are. But, do try to be truthful as much as is possible. That's what I do.
Regarding truth, it is essential for our souls to prosper. But, I can assure you that there have been times in my life when I have hidden from truth and even denied truth because of fear. Once, when I was about 7, I was at the home of a neighbour who cared for my younger siblings as my mother had to work in a factory. On the way into her home I stepped on a doggy doo (very common back then). I did not notice until we were seated at her table in the kitchen, eating a snack. The woman said, "What is that smell? Who brought in doggy doo?" I realized that it was me, but I was so scared that I just kept really quiet. There were about 6 kids in her small kitchen and nobody found out where the smell came from. I was quickly out the door as soon as possible, scraping this horrible stuff from my school shoe. If I had owned up to this I am sure I would have been set free from that terrible smell much quickler, and everybody else. But, I hung onto my deceipt because of my human fear.
What is it about truth that is so important? I have learned to value truth along with righteousness over the years since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and the Holy Spirit has been my constant companion. As I thought about truth, I found a wonderful peace dwelling in my soul that is essential for my being. When Jesus Christ returns to reign on the earth, there will be true righteousness and truth. Lies will have no place in the Lord's house.
Even though I value truth and need it every day, I sometimes fail, being human and weak at times. I look forward to enjoying a full world that embraces truth in every way. Jesus said, "Truth will set you free." Get it and you will find such a special place inside you is much happier. It really does set us free, and we must treasure this gift of God's given to us if we ask for it. It has made a big difference in my life and I will treasure truth until I gain a better body in a truthful world.
Please do not be offended by the portrait of an unknown Aboriginal man in my Blog.
No bad intentions are meant in any way if this man reminds you of someone you know. I show no disrespect to coloured people and ask that you forgive any indiscretion you think you may find here. I respect the original folk who lived in this land before others arrived. God bless you all.
Remember, I have an Irish heritage and being a portrait painter has been part of my life since age 3 or 4 when I drew girls in fine dresses. It is simply my artistic expression. I love bringing an image to life in my art and in books, so it gives me immense enjoyment. When I created this picture I loved every moment and learned a lot about skin colour, people's expressions and the difficult in bringing an image to life. I fell in love with this painting and will always treasure it.