Where we get our information is actually more important than the information we get!
Often when people begin a sentence with “They say …”, I want to stop them and ask, “Who said that and where did they get their information?”
Call me skeptical but not everything we hear is factual.
Some of it may be ‘an old wives’ tale’ … supposed truth that is actually spurious or a superstition. Like stopping the hiccups by coughing three times facing the east while chewing a piece of Black Jack gum. We’re told it works every time!
Some of what we hear has gone through so many people and their inherent filters that what started as “The Robideux family had a great vacation” finally gets to you as “Isn’t it sad that the Robinsons had to declare bankruptcy for the third time!”
And then there is information purposely skewed. It’s known to be false but passed on as truth. Even when the inaccurate is not intentional it still isn’t dependable to base our lives, decisions and plans on.
Is anybody telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Of course there is. In Numbers 23 the hesitant prophet Balaam was dead on when he declared: “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19 NLT
The prophet Samuel said the same thing: “Your words are truth …” II Samuel 7:28 Amplified Bible The Psalmist’s testimony was similar: “In You our fathers trusted [leaned on, relied on, and were confident]; They trusted and You rescued them.” Psalm 22:4,5 Amplified Bible
The entrance into our lives of God’s Word always (read: always) brings truth. It can do no less. When we wonder, are concerned, lack insight or direction or face a decision we’ve never made before … the Word of God can be trusted to offer what we need.
Never be nonchalant about what you take at face value.