And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 9:3
In the beginning of the football season, sports commentators make their team predictions. They predicted how many team wins, how many team losses, the players to watch, who will win it all, and so on. Sometimes their comments are quite flattering and given to high praise. Sometimes their comments are blunt and pointed causing a bit of pain for even the most fired up fan.
Looking at his peers, his nation, his country, Jeremiah gave a sharp commentary on their spiritual condition. He did not soften his words, nor did he flowery up his words. It was real–it was really honest. I cannot imagine what Jeremiah thought when he recorded those words. Did he cringe? Did he hesitant? Did his heart pain for his countrymen? Jeremiah’s lament reveals his deepest love and concern for his nation’s spiritual condition.
He lamented “…they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth.” Being valiant for the truth has become so passe in our time. Yet, every one of God’s people should have a courageous determination for the truth. No man, woman, or child ought to relinquish the truth, but rather protect it as a hid treasure as the Psalm wrote, “Thy word have I hid [treasured] in my heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). Too many of God’s people today hold truth so loosely that truth has become obscured in the land. The very opposite is embraced–lies, deception, falsehoods. To embrace lies is to embrace vanity and all that is worthless. It consumes one so much that they seek that which will never satisfy–they proceed from evil to evil, hoping that the next lie will finally bring the satisfaction they so desperately seek.
The actual reality that brings complete satisfaction is only found in a personal relationship with the Truth–the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us not waste our time pursuing the worthless, but let us invest our time in pursuing the worthy. May our hearts cry out, “Oh, how I want to be valiant for the Truth!”Leave a Comment