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Dwelling with God – Sukkot Devotion, Day 4

October 02, 2020

Dwelling with Truth 

“The Spirit of truth…. You know Him, because He abides with you and will be in you.” 

––John 14:17 

After King David sinned with Bathsheba and devised a plan to ensure her husband would die in battle, David went about his business. He ignored the heavy burden of his guilt, though, according to Psalm 32, it plagued him day and night. Months went by. A child was born of the adultery, and God sent the prophet Nathan to finally confront David about the evil he had done. (See 2 Samuel 11–12). 

In Psalm 32, David revealed the misery he felt when he refused to acknowledge his sin. When Nathan forced him to be honest, David confessed before God – and God forgave him. David could rejoice once again in the presence of God because he lived openly with the truth.  

God wants us to dwell with Him in truth. He even says that our worship of Him requires truth. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and lead us into all truth. He is the Spirit of truth. 

Sometimes, we don’t like the truth. But as worshippers of the one true God, who is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), the truth is a vital part of dwelling with God. And Jesus said that the truth would set us free, as it did David.  

This Sukkot, as we explore the blessings of God dwelling with us, let’s also remember that to live in unhindered fellowship with Him, we are to live in the truth – about Him, about ourselves. Ask Him to show you truths about yourself, others and Himself that will bless you and help you live more richly and honestly in your relationships. 

“Surely You desire truth in the inner being. Make me know wisdom inwardly.” 

––Psalm 51:8 

“Yeshua said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” 

––John 14:6 

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

––John 8:32 

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

––John 4:24 

“But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.” 

––John 16:13a 

Dwelling with God amid COVID-19 

One thing that has made this global pandemic frightening is not being sure what the truth is about it. As scientists and doctors learned more, information changed about its contagiousness, symptoms, and how to avoid and treat it. We can rest assured that, even when we don’t know what’s going on, God does. He knows the full truth about COVID-19 and everything else that concerns us. Trust Him with the unknowns in your life and lean in to receive peace, wisdom and guidance from Him. 

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