What Is Truth? (John 18:38)

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”

John 18:38

Pilate asked an excellent question. If only he had stayed put for an answer.

There is Truth — objective, verifiable, absolute — and there is what the world commonly calls truth — subjective, debatable, mutable. One is Truth. The other is opinion putting on airs.

And the answer to Pilate’s question is that Truth stood before him that day. The Truth was on trial. Jesus said that He is the Truth (John 14:6). Jesus said, when praying to His Father not one chapter prior, that God’s Word is Truth (John 17:17) and John told us in the opening of his gospel that Jesus is the Word (John 1:14-18). Suffice it to say that Pilate had the Answer to his question standing in front of him.

I suspect that I am often much like Pilate. I ask God a question and do not wait for an answer, but go on to the next thing. It is as if my procedure calls for me to pray, so I pray without engaging before running off to do what I thought I should do. Meanwhile, God is standing by with the answer to my question. He may, in fact, be the answer to my question.

Two things to take from this morning’s verse. One, I need to ask God questions  to which I expect an answer, not merely as part of some procedure. If I am not engaged, then it is no prayer at all. And if it is no prayer, then I would have saved time by skipping ahead to making my dumb mistake and not putting on the pretense of asking God for insight. Two, I need to wait for the answer. Not only must my question require a response, I must wait for that response. God may, Himself, be the response, but I will not know that unless I wait for His reply. Ask with an expectation of an answer and wait for the answer.

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