A Strong Truth Held Weakly

1 Kings 8:57

The Lord our God may not leave us or abandon us.

Acts 17:27

Indeed God is not far from each one of us.

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This morning’s World and Everything in It podcast offered the thought that a strong truth held weakly is better than a weak truth held strongly. Weak truths tenaciously held to will easily prevent us from grasping a stronger and more salutary reality. A strong truth, on the other hand, will endure our doubts and sustain itself in the end.

That is different from Bob Sutton’s Strong Opinions Weakly Held approach to business, industry, and science. Such an approach is certainly a valid one in those realms. For even science operates on opinions about theories, and the application of laws and observations. Those convictions are ever changing

Biblically-founded convictions, however, are another matter. Such convictions are essential to strong faith and the advancement of the Mission of God. People of deep biblical convictions move the Kingdom of God into the consciousness of people. The light dawns about God and his true glory and ultimate reign. In that light the Good News of Jesus is sweeter still.

Now to the weakly-held truth that is witnessed to in the passages above: God is near to us. He will not leave or abandon us. It seems to me that we hold that truth too weakly. That’s better than holding a weak truth to strongly. For example to hold strongly to the idea that God’s goodness means our lives will always be pleasant (a weak truth) is dangerous. Holding to that will set us up only for disappointment and maybe even abandonment of faith. In the face of that to hold more strongly to the reality of God’s promised presence will sustain us.

We surely ought to examine our weakly-held beliefs, and claim more fully those which align with God’s word. They will sustain us far more fully and productively than weak truths held stubbornly.

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