Knowing the Truth

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Nehemiah had a good idea of the conditions in Jerusalem. He had heard accounts from eyewitnesses, including his own brother. When he spoke with the king of Persia, it was clear that he spoke with authority. We can imagine how he must have collected as much information as possible, and that he gathered additional information before he left for Jerusalem himself.

In spite of this research, when he arrived in Jerusalem, Nehemiah felt it was prudent to study the situation for himself. To conduct first-hand research. He spent three days inspecting every aspect of life in the city. No one living there knew why he had come, or even who he was.

This investigation was an important as he developed his revised plans and strategies. And the care with which he studied the situation was a key factor in the ultimate success of his assignment.

There is much to learn from Nehemiah’s approach. Yes, we should listen to others and collect available information but also remember that information can be flawed. To the degree we can, we need to seek facts for ourselves. Without this kind of inspection, we can find ourselvesbelieving rumors, half-truths, and those with biased opinions.

In similar ways, Jesus praised Nathanael for his determination to know the truth about Jesus. His conclusions: “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” (John 1:43-47).

Today, remember to be committed to know the truth both in spiritual and practical matters. Don’t just accept rumors and second-hand accounts. Ask God to help you know the truth.