12 years ago whilst on holiday in the States, I visited an elderly Christian lady for tea. She taught me something I would never forget, and something I would need to remember sooner than I realised. “The facts are not the Truth.” What she meant was that the facts are the facts and cannot be ignored, but they are not the whole story; they are not the Truth.
A few days later, I found myself in an Intensive Care ward with the consultant telling us that our 17 year old son was seriously ill, going into organ failure and that the next few hours would be critical. What came to mind was, “These are the facts and they are true but they are not the Truth.” God had already spoken to me and said, “He will not die but live”; this was the Truth.
Over the following 13 days we had to face the facts of how seriously ill our son was, and the doctors prepared us on a number of occasions that he may die. These facts did exist, they did not disappear because God had spoken; but they were not all we were faced with. God had spoken and that, along with the facts, was the Truth.
Are you facing a mountain as you enter this New Year? A mountain of facts that cannot be denied, ignored, or imagined away? If so, I encourage you to seek God and what He has said, or is saying, about the situation. It may not change the facts of the matter, but it will give you a different perspective of the ‘mountain’ in front of you. God’s perspective.
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain be moved from here to there.”* Faith that the mountain isn’t really there or that it isn’t really that big after all? Faith that you can imagine it away or forget about it? No. Faith in God. Faith in His Word. Faith that He will do what He has said He will do, perhaps even because of, not despite, the mountain.
As we go into 2013, with all the challenges we will face along the way, let us not focus on the facts alone, but on what God has said to us; because, the facts are not the Truth!
* Matthew 17:20
[Originally posted Jan 2013]