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Recently, I drove to my local mall on a quest to find a bottle of Calvin Klein’s Truth cologne for my husband. He had run out, and it was two days before Christmas. I managed to press through crowds of holiday shoppers at Macy’s and up to the nearest cosmetic counter. Overwhelmed, I asked the nearest cosmetic girl, “Do you have any Truth?”
My heart pounded as she replied, “They discontinued it!”
“What!” I retorted. “I can’t believe they discontinued Truth!”
The cosmetic girl then quickly reached for a gift box from underneath a pile on the countertop. “There’s one box left,” she said, handing it to me.
Just as this uncovered gift of Truth restored my peace of mind, I was reminded – in a most amusing way – that God’s truth sets us free.
The Holy Spirit has a way of testing our hearts to reveal the untruths that keep us in bondage, the half-hearted commitments that lurk to derail our relationships, those little but important nuances that distance us from Him.
Consider Sapphira in Acts 5 who, along with her husband, fell dead before the church after lying to the Holy Spirit. Seem harsh? Maybe to us, but God knows just what He’s doing—all the time. The NIV tells us that such dire consequences were necessary for God to demonstrate to the church at the outset that dishonesty is unprofitable and intolerable.
And Romans 6:23 warns us that “the wages of sin is death.” We often don’t think of this literally in modern society. But God has ways of stressing His point with great clarity. And often He will reveal matters of the heart publicly if they are not dealt with privately.
God has a timeline, and He’s right on time. Anything in our hearts that cause us to interfere with His timing and will must go. God is all about moving forward, taking us from glory to glory, resetting our hearts and minds on higher things and helping us reach our destiny. He loves us too much to let us stay stuck.
What happened to Sapphira made a lasting impression to the onlookers that, no doubt, impacted their walk greatly. I believe that the God of truth’s glory was so great in that church at that time that no one could have stood in His presence and lied and survived.
As we move through 2009, may we continually hearken to the truth of Deuteronomy 30:19, which advises us to “choose life,” not only for the purpose of receiving God’s finest blessings and profitability but to simply honor the God who loves us in wholehearted truth.