Pondering Truth

I was reading a portion of Acts 24 this morning. This portion of the Book of Acts chronicles the Apostle Paul on trial before Felix, the governor in Caesarea. I don’t know much (actually I don’t know anything) about the historical background in this chapter but something struck me when I read this portion of the chapter.

“Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, โ€œThatโ€™s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.โ€ At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.” (Acts 24: 24-26)

Like I said, I don’t know much about this chapter in Acts but one thing that hit me as I was reading this was…

Truth will make us feel uncomfortable when we are not ready to hear it. It will make us squirm. It will scare us. It will make us want to run away or tune out the words of the person speaking truth. Truth penetrates the heart like a sword. I might be wrong, but it looks to me as if Felix was in conflict. The truth hurt (as the familiar saying goes) and yet he still continued to pursue Paul in hopes that he would cave and offer him a bribe. The sinful nature comes face to face with truth.

When we are ready to hear the truth our hearts are receptive and embrace it as the air that helps us breathe. When we are not ready to hear truth it is painful and our sinful nature will fight hard against it. This fight can be so exhausting too.

I have no idea what happened to Felix. I don’t think he is mentioned again after he chooses to leave Paul in prison. But, I think his brief talk with Paul about the Truth stirred something in him.

I think this is just a good reminder for me today. When someone is speaking to me about Biblical truth. I have two choices. Embrace it or tune it out. If what they are saying makes me uncomfortable, perhaps instead of shutting down I need to choose to open up and let the truth change my heart.

7 thoughts on “Pondering Truth

  1. Jenifer

    I thought of that movie line "You can't handle the truth!" We say we want to hear the truth, but like you said, we are not always ready to hear it. When it comes to Biblical truths and such, I want to be ready and willing. Great post.

  2. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen. this is so true. Often my husband will say something to me about something I've said of done and even thought he tries hard to phrase it in a way that is not offensive, I can get offended really quickly, because deep down, its the truth. I will take your posting to heart.
    god bless

  3. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a great lesson to glean from this passage Eileen! Inner conflict when confronted by the voice of Truth is a sure sign we should be examining our position more carefully.

    Wonderful post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  4. Heidi

    I read once in a book that once a truth has been revealed to you that you must follow it, you're suddenly accountable where you might not have been before. I suppose that's what is scary… we know that God has spoken and the fear of the Lord kicks in. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lisa

    The truth can definitely hurt. But if it lines up with God's Word, then we need to listen and learn. I don't ever want to run from the Voice of Truth. Great post!

  6. Kandi

    Amen to that sister! I can't tell you how many times someone said something to me and I got offended, not because what they said was offensive but because what they said was true and I knew it was true but as long as it was never said out loud I didn't have to face it.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

  7. Allison

    Truth is hard to accept sometimes…but if the bible says it-then you can take it to the bank sister!


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