The scripture reading today is John 8:12-30, NRSV.
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.”
28 So Jesus said, ”When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am He and that I do nothing on my own, but speak these things as the Father instructed me.”
I guess we all can get buried in “information” in the highly digitized communications heavy world we live in. And much of this data is important and necessary for us to function, to do our work and live our lives. But, how do we know what information to accept, what is true and useful and what is misleading or blatantly wrong? As Jesus is quoted in the reference text above, you know what is true when you do the work and put forth the effort to know where the information you are using is originated and how it is made available.
We are taught to listen to our parents, we listen to the radio and watch TV. We read books, go to school and in general build an understanding of the information to which we are exposed. But what about information that is important to you but the original source is not available to prove the validity. Like stories in the Bible for instance. The answer is we look at the result, the impact of believing the data and the physical and mental changes that result from believing. Sincere belief means you intent to follow what the information says. You change your behavior to be consistent. You change your environment to be secure with your understanding of the information. That makes us better and stronger people. Finally, as we understand the source and intent behind the information and our growth and improvement from our belief, we realize the information is real and alive. And so, it goes with the word of the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for assuring that we have Your Word constantly available to us. You bless us with knowing of Your existence and the ability to save ourselves for You through our belief in Your Word.
Jack H Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For those among us who live in doubt.