S51P1- Notes on godliness: the godly seek truth

1 Tim. 4:7-8

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

There was always something about the mysterious that drew her.  It is no surprise, then, that her studies took her in the direction of history and archaeology.  Yes, she reveled in being knowledgeable about what had happened in the past; however, she was always looking to discover new things and rewrite history herself.  From an early age, the story of the Fountain of Youth discovered by Ponce de Leon intrigued her.  She decided that it would be her life’s mission to prove that it existed.  After many years, much work and much expense, the search would prove to be unfruitful.  She would spend her life on this one mission only to find the answer she was not looking for.  There is no Fountain of Youth; it is merely a myth.  And when she found that truth, she admitted that she preferred to live in the myth.

We have discussed previously the many searches that humankind has embarked on.  We are looking for love, for belonging, for our identities and for many other things.  Life seems to have become a great search. There are those who will take that drive and seek after what is silly in that it is not there.  Some will go on these fruitless, worldly searches out of foolishness and naiveté only to be disappointed in the end. Godliness, however, is not founded in such worldly folly.  Godliness requires that we wisely seek after the truth.  This is how one spends life instead of wasting life.  When we seek after the myths that will not come true, that is a waste.  When we seek after that which actually exists, and we learn the truth of the physical and spiritual worlds around us, now we have added value to our lives.  That is when we have done the godly thing and spent our efforts wisely.

It makes complete sense that the godly mind seeks after truth and can discern that truth.  We are not to be people who get caught up in conspiracy theories and fairy tales with childlike hopes that defy mature wisdom.  If we are to be caught up in the fantastical, God provides enough fantastic truth for us to seek.  We only need dive into the scriptures to see the fantasy world that we have been asked to join.  It is a place full of spiritual wonder and endless miracles, but it is also a place of objective truth.  Let us spend our efforts wisely and seek after that truth in godliness.  Father, we ask that You continue to make us like You, and make us people who daily seek to go deeper and deeper into your truth.