Accepting truth is difficult because it is so much bigger than we are. It is much easier, simpler, and more comfortable to keep things confined to our small narratives, where we are in control. Where we, in essence, can pretend to be God.
Truth is an acquired taste because to grab a hold of it requires letting go of our own ideas of wisdom. What seems right to a man. The ways of the world. God’s truth is so vast, so all-encompassing, it can feel like chaos. Uncertainty.
But as we lean into the wisdom of God, we find that it is not just something that is so big we are lost against it. It is something that is so big it includes us; truth allows us to be a meaningful participant in a bigger story.
With all its trappings and instant gratification, being the center of the universe in and of ourselves is very limiting. There is not much we can do, not much that really works. And we become increasingly frustrated as we are revealed as increasingly ineffective at controlling the world around us.
The Kingdom of God can seem like foolishness. If we are not doing a very good job controlling things, our flesh suggests we need to try harder. How can letting go, releasing an inadequate grip, possibly be a solution? It seems foolish.
But when we adopt the perspective of God, we see that trusting Him is not weakness, it is not giving up. Trusting Him is the very source of our power. It is our strength.
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… For the foolishness of God is wiser than mankind, and the weakness of God is stronger than mankind.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:18, 25