HOW CAN I BE WHOLE?
The Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land because there is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. Hosea 4:1
Truth, mercy and knowledge are all three connected. When there is no knowledge of God, truth and mercy are non-existent. Truth has to be rooted in something more than personal opinion and mercy goes beyond self-interest. In this post-modern society, and a biblical illiterate society for the most part, each person is left to define truth as he perceives it to be. Whatever he thinks is right, is supposedly considered right for himself. Feelings and logic determine his own brand of truth.
Without a plumb line for morality, immorality abounds. Lawlessness begins to permeate a society and God takes issue with a nation that defies His law. People to whom truth and mercy are foreign are also personally lost. On difficult days, they’re angry and disillusioned. On good days, they party hard and are dissociated from their soul’s cry for meaning.
Knowledge of God is always more than just information. It is a ‘knowing’ as in the context of intimacy. Technically, I can become intellectually informed about the person of God and say I have rubbed shoulders with truth. This brings little change though. Real transformation occurs when I unreservedly commit myself to a personal relationship with God. In that total submission, there is a willingness to be vulnerable and to be loved completely by the One who is Truth and who also is called Mercy. Anger leaves the lines of my face. Dissociation from myself and others no longer defines my default way of relating. At home in God, and in my own skin, I can flourish.
Lord, I want to know You more. When you look at me, I pray you will see truth and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen