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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.”—Acts 10:33 (NLT)
In my mind, one of the most famous interactions in movie history comes from A Few Good Men. The scene I’m talking about finds Tom Cruise’s Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee questioning Jack Nicholson’s Colonel Nathan R. Jessup. During this heated exchange, Kaffee demands the truth, and the Colonel responds, “You can’t handle the truth!”
Often, we claim to want the truth about things. . . but most of the time, we can’t handle the truth! Instead, what we’re really asking for is to hear our truth; few people are actually out in search of real truth. We look for any strand of evidence to support what we believe to be true, and allow our minds to skew the truth to fit into our philosophy. Why? Because the truth is hard; the truth hurts. It’s black and white, factual, unchangeable, and often inconvenient.
Today’s verse shows us a man, Cornelius, who confronted the truth and sought it out because he knew he needed it. Despite being a Roman officer and pagan gentile, Cornelius was also a “God-fearing man.” Many scholars believe the wording here implies that Cornelius believed in God, but didn’t know Him or His ways. Theologian Albert Barnes stated there were gentiles, “who were fearers of God, and who maintained his worship according to the light which they had.”
He didn’t know the truth of God’s Word, but he was eager for it. And in Acts 10, he receives a visit from an angel who says that God has seen his heart and heard his prayers; he was instructed to send for Peter. And you know what? He didn’t hesitate! He wanted to know God’s truth and was ready to handle it—no matter what it meant for him, no matter what changes needed to be made. He may not have known the Scriptures, but he knew there was something more, something beyond his truth, something bigger and deeper . . . and he wanted it.
Have you ever been confronted with a situation where the truth of God’s Word challenged what you hold as truth? How did you handle it? Did you search for answers? Did you pray and search the Scriptures? Or did you brush it off in favor of your truth? Remember, an inconvenient truth that brings you to the Lord is much more valuable than a false truth we cling to out of comfort.
DIG: Do an online search for verses about truth. What do these verses have in common?
DISCOVER: Have you ever been confronted with a situation that challenged your truths? How did you respond?
DISPLAY: As you encounter situations and circumstances each day, ask the Lord Jesus (the way, truth, and life), to reveal the truth to you, regardless of how inconvenient it may be.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.