“Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). I admit it. I don’t like shopping. Usually, when I go into a store, I have something specific in mind, I go find it, and I get out of the store. The longer I stay there, the more I find myself buying things I don’t need. In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon directs us to do some shopping…to buy truth! Some would ask, “Why should I buy truth? I thought truth was free.” Yes, truth is free. Jesus freely came to earth, freely gave His life, and freely saves those who call upon Him. However, even though truth is free, there is a cost for us to accumulate and apply truth in our lives. What does it cost us to “buy the truth”? It costs us repentance. We must be willing to admit our ignorance and that many thoughts that go through our mind don’t agree with the Lord and His ways. Truth costs us change. When we are confronted with truth and it goes against how we think and live, we must “pay the price” and be willing to embrace change. There is also the cost of time. The world provides “stores” filled with stuff which can take up all our time. If we’re not careful, we can live our whole life spending time on things that don’t matter at all. For us to grow in the truth that gives us purpose and meaning, we must realize that God’s Word is not just going to “jump” into our hearts. We need to take the time and “buy up” the opportunity to read, to study, and to hear God’s truth. In order to buy the truth, we must first see the value of what we’re buying. The Lord Jesus provides us a life of light and power over sin. He is the open door through which we begin to experience wisdom, discipline and understanding. When I shop for something and see an object of extreme importance and value to me, I pay the cost. Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). So, the question is, “How serious are we about buying the truth?” Are we willing to spend time, attention and devotion? Remember, the benefits of truth given by our Lord eternally outweigh any cost on our part. “Buy the truth and do not sell it” (Proverbs 23:23).
Pastor Mark Boucher