Therefore, it is imperative that we figure out how to give space for the good voices (truth) to take root and shape within us, while minimizing the space and the impact of the bad (lies). But telling the lies from the truth can be difficult. Sometimes the differences are very subtle, and their arguments very convincing. We can easily get sucked into believing some things are true simply because it feels like or seems like they are. But looks (and feelings) can be deceiving. We need much more than that. We need something more substantial, something more solid and stable.
That is where the Word comes in. And that is where the practice of immersing ourselves in the Word of Truth comes in. If we are continually immersing ourselves in the truth, then it will be a lot easier to recognize the lies when they come a long, no matter how convincing they are.
Jesus is a perfect example of this. On the glorious day of his baptism he hears the voice of his Father speaking the beautiful truth of who he is: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3;17) And immediately after that he is led into the desert to be confronted with the other voices, voices that are trying to get him to believe something very different from that. Voices that are trying to get him to doubt the truth of who he is. “If you are the Son of God,” they whisper, “then prove it.”
But Jesus is not swayed by the lies. Why? Because we knew the truth. Just listen to the way he answers each of the three temptations. He answers each with the words: “It is written.” Jesus was so familiar with the Voice of Truth that he was easily able to differentiate it from the subtle lies of the enemy. And if we are to have any hope of being victorious in that same battle, we must do the same. We must immerse ourselves in the Word of Truth so that we can be able to identify and overcome the lies of the enemy. For if we “abide in his word, we are truly his disciples, and we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.” (John 8:32) Let’s not delay, our freedom is at stake.
O God, I must confess that at times it is easy to believe the lies because they are so loud and so prevalent within and around me. Help me, instead, to listen to your voice and to believe your Truth. And help that Truth to set me free. Amen.