Teach them Your Word, Your Word is truth.” John 17:17b
It was the 60’s and 70’s. The novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” starts with “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” and that pretty well describes those two decades. Out of those somewhat crazy times came some of the best music ever written—at least modern music. I know that is true because people from all the other decades seem to come back to the 60’s and 70’s. Some, ok, maybe a lot of it, was kinda crazy but that is what made it so cool. There was a song that was released by the group Chicago in 1969 called, “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is.” It was a quirky song, in fact, that is how the guy who wrote it described it.
What is kinda funny is that it is a song that my wife Judy and I live daily. If you read Grits, you might remember that I like clocks a lot. It all started a long time ago and is one hobby or obsession that has stuck with me through the years. I am intrigued because of the design and engineering that went into each clock. Some of my clocks are babies, only sixty or seventy years old. Some though are well over a hundred. Some were bought at a shop somewhere, one special one was built by a couple of friends and two were built by me…with a little help from my friends.
In today’s world, so many clocks are engineering marvels and keep time very accurately. But some of the older ones tend to be a little less accurate. So that is where our song comes in. You see most rooms in my house have a clock or two or three and often they are the older mechanical types. So, you go into the room and look over there and there is a clock. It says it is, oh, let’s say 2:13 pm. Then you look over there and there is another clock, and it says it is 2:20 pm. Then on the wall going up the stairs is another clock that declares it is 2:05 pm. What?
Well, all of that is not a problem until you are about to leave, and you need to know if you are on time or late. And trust me, more than once, Judy has said, “So what time is it, anyway?” Well, I know my clocks pretty well and I know their habits as well. I pretty much know who runs slow and who runs fast and who doesn’t run at all. So I can usually tell her just about what time it really is. It can be a bit confusing…but in a pretty good if not quirky way.
The bottom line is if I really need to know the time, I have three good choices. First, my trusty Apple Watch. It is very accurate and if it is strapped to my wrist…it is an obvious first choice. The second choice is my phone which is married to my Apple Watch. The only problem is I’m not married to my phone which means it may or may not be close by. The third choice is the kitchen stove. It always tells the truth…but it still depends on me setting it correctly. And if the power goes off, well, you get the flashy thing until I get around to setting it.
I was thinking, which is always a dangerous thing, that where we go for truth is a lot like trying to find the correct time. Similar to the question in the song you might ask, “Does anyone really know what truth is and what it is not?” Well, the answer is…wait for it…the Bible. For millennia this most ancient of sacred writings has stood the test of time. It has made the best seller list forever and while there are many different translations and reading styles…there never has been a version 2.1. Do you know why? It is timeless, changeless and without error. I know, I know you might think differently or maybe heard differently but let me encourage to check it out for yourself. Do some honest research and you will probably come to the same conclusion that I did—it can be trusted because it is the real deal. And trust me…these days we need the real deal.
When you find yourself running around and asking everyone you meet, “Hey, does anyone really know what’s true and what’s not?” I hope you will turn to the one source that is spot on, right on and always on target. Jesus said it best when He said, “Teach them Your Word, Your Word is truth.” I like that…plain, simple truth. And, when you have a question, when you are stumped, just ask the One who knows and always speaks the truth—God. Oh, and don’t worry, He always has the answer because He is the answer. In other words, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne