“For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.” – Psalm 33:4 (NASB)
In this world of ours there are many words being spoken or written. People talk endlessly all around us. Words are spoken, printed, sent using all possible media. Some of these words may be true but certainly not all. Deceivers also create messages with words. Can we believe that humans now only make up 38.5% of internet traffic? The other 61.5% is non-human (bots, hacking tools, etc.). Our verse reminds us that the Word of the Lord is right and true and it tells us why we can believe that – it’s because of what He does. He always does what He says He will do. It’s our God’s faithfulness in all things that makes His word trustworthy. We have come to be very suspicious and wary of so much of what we hear and read today because those writing and saying these words are not faithful to the truth. We can be thankful and rejoice knowing that we can trust God’s words because they are backed with His promises and He will make good everything that He says by His actions. What He has said He will do, and what He has spoken, He will make good.
“Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know Me and know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. “I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me.” – John 7:28-29 (NASB)
It was not unusual when Jesus was on this earth and during His ministry, He would speak to individuals and to crowds. Without public address systems to amplify, depending on those listening, Jesus would speak loudly enough for all to hear. In this instance Jesus “cries out,” He speaks loudly to the people in the Temple. They thought they knew Jesus and where He was from. But they did not. He sarcastically affirms their assumption. Jesus’ point is that contrary to what the crowds thought, they really had no true understanding of who He was. They knew Him in the earthly sense, but not in the spiritual sense, because they didn’t know God either. Our promise in this passage is that if we truly know God we know Jesus. And, if we know Jesus, then we know God for Jesus came from and was sent by God that we may know Him and receive forgiveness and salvation. Some may think they are acutely perceptive and spiritually oriented, but if they do not accept Jesus, it reveals their spiritual bankruptcy. We rejoice that we do know God because we have believed in Jesus, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:8 (NASB)
The letter Paul the Apostle wrote to his Christian brothers and sisters in Philippi is so chock-full of promises and encouraging instruction. Today’s verse is a good one to memorize or post on a note card where we can see it daily. Our minds are under attack daily – even hourly by the devil who is seeking to destroy and rob us of our joy. We have read more than once that we are to rejoice always. Today we read how fill our minds with good things and think our way to rejoicing.
- True is found in God, in Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and in God’s Word*.
- Honorable “worthy of respect.” We meditate on whatever is worthy of awe and adoration, as opposed to the profane.
- Right means is to think in harmony with God’s divine standard of holiness.
- Pure is that which is morally clean and undefiled.
- Lovely “pleasing” or “amiable.” Believers are to focus on whatever is kind or gracious.
- Of good repute, that which is highly regarded or thought well of and reputable in the world, such as kindness, courtesy, and respect for others.
We thus avoid the GIGO† in our manner of thoughts.
* 2 Timothy 2:25; Ephesians 4:20-21; John 16:13; John 17:17
† Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO), What goes into a process will be seen in what comes out. While the term is most frequently used in the context of software development, GIGO can also be used to refer to any decision-making systems or choices where failure to make the best decisions or choices results in unintended and unpleasant consequences.