Jesus says, “I tell you the truth” about eighty times in the gospels. Over and over again he says it. Why? Because telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth builds trust.
The leaders of Jesus’ day had gone beyond their knowledge and come up with a system that was so complicated, people got lost in it. In contrast, Jesus made it simple. He challenges us to do the same. The truth tends to be simple, straightforward, and action-oriented. When you know the truth, you know what to do. One of the funny things about human nature is our tendency to work so hard at trying to figure out the truth to the point that we simply miss it.
Think about this imaginary situation:
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were on a camping and hiking trip. They had gone to bed and were lying there looking up at the sky. Holmes says, “Watson, look up. What do you see?” “I see thousands of stars,” Watson replies. “And what does that mean to you?” “Well, I guess it means we have another nice day tomorrow. What does it mean to you, Holmes?” Holmes replies, “To me, it means someone has stolen our tent!”
What simple truth do you need today? Ask Jesus for insight that will lead you to the simple, practical conclusions you need. When you find yourself over thinking and over-analyzing, stop and ask God to show you the truth.