We have a truth that is greater than the facts.
Dr. John Jackson, President at William Jessup University, reminded us recently that our circumstances do not define us, nor are they our greatest reality.
All of us have a set of facts which we face right now. Those facts might include financial difficulties, health issues, family struggles, work stress, and so much more. These facts fill our lives. They dominate our thoughts, govern our conversations, and even slip into our dreams. Some facts excite us; others feel toxic. Some delight us; others distress us.
In the old television drama series Dragnet, Jack Webb famously said, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.” But when we live only with the facts, and not with faith, we live at a lesser level than Christ intended.
Those of us who follow Jesus have a truth that is greater than the facts. What we see does not hold a candle to the unseen. Our situation in life never defines us as much as our position in Christ. When darkness settles around us, we have an inextinguishable light—the Light of the World (John 1:9)—within us. The challenges of today will pass, but we trust the One who governs all time and eternity.
Our culture tends to equate truth and facts. People around us—even we ourselves—can lose sight of the forest for the trees. We can become so distracted by the particulars of our experience that we forget the focus of our faith.
The facts we face today (and tomorrow) should neither define us nor control us. Facts form merely a small subset of truth. Let’s put them back in perspective. We find hope, confidence and certainty in something—Someone—greater. Look afresh to Jesus. You’ll find new strength in the over-riding truth of His Presence.
Because of grace.