Me Who Do I Believe?
By, Susan Sage
My brothers called me gullible. They could get me to believe most anything. Truth told, I chose to believe what I was told and decided to look for the best in others. I wanted to believe everyone.
I remember a junior high classmate trying to convince a group of girls to participate in a revolt against a teacher’s requirements. The girl spoke of unity and standing together. It resonated in me. Being new in school, I wanted to fit in desperately. She explained quite convincingly the need to stand together in this demonstration.
When it came time for this revolt, she alone did not participate in the rebellion which resulted in her to look like the star pupil. She even told the teacher she’d tried to stop us. Where did unity go? What happened to standing together? For the first time, I realized I couldn’t trust everyone. I learned early in life about weighing the worth of someone’s words by the testimony of how they lived.
It’s hard to know who or what to believe in today’s culture. Many purported beliefs, an overabundance of opinions, along with a surplus of ideas on social media for anyone and everyone to assert anything as truth. At times, it is so confusing.
So how do we know which voice to listen to or which belief is foundational in truth? Is it possible to keep from following the wrong belief system?
I began searching over the beliefs I learned from childhood. I read the Bible, talked to God, and sought counsel from those whose lives demonstrated they live what they say. I looked for truth to hold on to and I found a simple answer. There is only one truth worth grasping and claiming. There is one person who I can turn to when I’m not sure what to believe.
This one person has never lied, broken a promise, or gone against His own character.
The truth is in God and His word. As I’ve taken time to get to know who God says. He is perfect, just, faithful, upright, and without sin (Deuteronomy 32:4) which makes Him trustworthy. He is the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13) which means He will not fade away or die. He never lies (Titus 1:2) which indicates only truth comes from Him. He is the one and only God (I Timothy 1:17) which helps us know there is none greater.
Who God says He is (Exodus 34:6-7) gives us a good look at why what He says is trustworthy when He says He is Lord, God, merciful, gracious, patient, loving, forgiving and faithful, and where Jesus said He is the truth (John 14:6).
When I am unsure about what someone says, I turn to God to help me know truth. When many voices are yelling different opinions, He is the One I seek and He gives discernment to know the truth. This is such a blessing especially in a time of varying views. He is truth and always trustworthy to be so.
Today, may His truth strengthen and guide you as you seek Him.
Let's meet the author.
Susan Sage is from N. California where she lives with her husband, son, and very energetic golden retriever. She writes a weekly blog where she uses every day circumstances to encourage women in their faith walk with God. Susan enjoys reading in many genres, teaching women’s Bible studies, and spending time with friends at every opportunity. Currently she is working on a book incorporating the things she has learned as she has dealt with physical ailments, hoping to complete it by early 2015. Susan speaks for women’s retreats, luncheons, and other engagements. Her topic of choice involves helping women find their identity in God’s love. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website.