"Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding."
If truth was a commodity to be bought and sold on the stock market, few would recognize its value. Fewer still would buy it up, no matter the cost, and refuse to sell it. Yet in this verse, the Lord of glory calls the wise to buy the truth and that which follows in truth's wake - wisdom, instruction and understanding. To me, buying the truth is to so know and live in the Word of God that I know how to apply the Word - its promises, commands and warnings - in every situation of life. The risen Messiah counseled us to buy from Him gold tried in the fire (God's character), white raiment for our clothing (God's purity) and eye salve to give clear spiritual eyesight (God's Word taken in liberal doses). Is there any better way to buy the truth than to memorize great verses and portions of scripture? The saints of old loved God's Word enough to memorize much of it. That is sadly missing in the Church today - foolishly viewed as "legalism" by those looking for excuses not to have to love God with more of their minds!
Knowing the truth of God will prepare us for the tests allowed by God. We sell the truth by failing to live by it. Jesus said that the one who keeps His commandments is the one who loves him. I recently faced a real estate transaction where I was told to fudge "just a little" on a certain point in order to obtain the loan. The Holy Spirit pointed me to this very verse and simply said, "If you ever compromise the truth, you have sold it!" After that midnight warning, I couldn't wait for morning when I told those involved that there could be no compromising honesty. One of them was a new Christian watching my action. He thanked me for a lesson not found in books!
"Help me, my Lord, to buy the truth of Your Word through diligent study so that I will settle for only truth in every area and facet of my life."
This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!