In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Wednesday March 8, 2006

The Rewards of Truth
Proverbs 2:1-9

God’s principles are the truths with which we build a righteous and joyful life. In developing a scriptural foundation for living, we naturally learn the Lord’s ways. Getting to know Him is the greatest blessing possible, and the more we experience Him, the more we will long to be in His presence.

Building truth is like digging for gold: if we find a tiny flake, we keep scratching around until we come upon another, which may be a nugget no bigger than a pinhead. That little bit keeps us searching until we find a chunk the size of a marble, and so on. Similarly, we get so excited about our nuggets of God-experience that we can’t stop digging for more. As a result, our intimacy with the Lord grows stronger. Walking in His truth gives us confidence and the assurance that He is always guarding and guiding His children.

Another benefit of learning and applying truth is spiritual discernment. Christians with a foundation of scriptural reality have the capacity to distinguish a lie, even when it is presented as supportable fact. A wrong offer that was presented in an appealing way might have fooled us before, but it now prompts a check in our spirit.

In addition, growing in discernment and wisdom equips us for greater service in God’s kingdom. The more we experience Him, the better we become at discipling other believers.

The Lord allows no righteous act to go unrewarded. When we build a scriptural truth foundation for our lives, we receive godly wisdom and new opportunities to serve Him. How great is our reward!

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