Concerning the relationship between truth and change, Tolstoy wrote, “I know that most men — not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding the most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic problems — can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be that such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives.” – What Is Art? 1896.
King Solomon wrote, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25).
Jesus said, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 16:16-17).
The apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).
It is difficult to change. True change comes from God’s Word working within each of us, having good influences in our lives, and from self-discipline. Each day, let us remind ourselves that God’s truth is better than our own wisdom. We should readily conform to God’s mindset, as revealed in the Scriptures. We should “Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). This is the Christian’s response to truth.
-John K. Gott