“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV84)
We are nearing the end of our devotional journey into the topic of truth. We have looked at the concept of truth from many perspectives. The one thing that keeps ringing in my ears is that God equates truth with His Word. This is true in Jesus’ teaching, too. His affinity to the Word of God as authoritative is indisputable. Jesus, first and foremost, is called the Word and is said to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus quoted the Word throughout His teaching ministry. Jesus used the Word of God to fight off Satan’s temptations. He repeatedly stated that He had come to fulfill the promises of God in the Word. Last, He provided the disciples and us the task of proclaiming the good news of that Word to the world around us. In the verse above, Paul was telling Timothy to make sure that he “correctly handles the word of truth.” This implies that there is a correct, and an incorrect, way of handling the Word of God.
We certainly want to be presented to God as “one approved.” We want to make sure that we handle the Word of God correctly. So, the obvious question today is, are we? Are we succumbing to the pressure to water down the Word of God so that it is more palatable to the world? Are we caving in on the truths of God’s Word? We need to remember that it is not our message, but God’s message, that we read and share with those around us. It is important that we discover the truth that God intends in His Word before we begin to offer up truths of our own. We must handle the Word as though it has inherent truths to share, because it does. Our task is to discover those truths and effectively share them within our culture.
May we handle the Word of truth correctly, today and every day.