Truth and Facts

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.

TruthAll 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.

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12 Responses to Truth and Facts

  1. Marica McCauley says:

    Very timely. Thank you.

  2. Christine Bailey says:

    Great to have you back David. Hope you had a good summer break.

    Facts for me, I am a widow as Murray passed on the 19 April but my reality is Christ is my Strength and fortress, he is my deliverer and strong tower and refuge. Yes, when the darkness came the light of Christ shone over me. Faith becomes a daily action.

    Off to sing on the team for Global Summit at True North. Blessings Chris

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. John and Helen York says:

    Thanks David. Great to get “Because of Grace”. We are celebrating Alf Bourne’s 100th birthday this afternoon and he’s just hung on for weeks for this day-very reminiscent of Simeon, and no doubt it won’t be long before his lord will let him depart in peace.

    With our love and prayers for you and Kim and your boys. We miss you!

    Helen and John

  4. John and Gillian says:

    David, great to have you back. Love and prayers for Kim, the “men” and yourself. About to head off to Alf Bourne’s 100th birthday. He is a gracious man of faith.

    John and Gillian

  5. Tom in Phoenix says:

    Had you on my heart, David, and THERE was your message! God has been dealing with me a lot about my identity in Him the past couple of years – and that goes so much deeper than what outside circumstances of the world have to say about me. Thank you for this reminder, and I pray God’s richest and best blessings upon you, my friend!

    • David Timms says:

      Tom, how nice it would be to see you and have coffee together. I suspect we could chat a LONG time about the ways the Lord has been working in each of us and refining us! Blessings, dear friend.

  6. Cheri Cancelliere says:

    Oh, how I love your message of truth! It was just what I needed to hear today. Greater is he who is in me…. Thank you!

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