Most of us are familiar with the heading; the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God. It is used to swear people into the witness stand. People sit on the witness stand and promise to tell nothing but the truth, and invoke God to help them stay on point; the point, being the truth.
Perhaps by now you are saying. “yeah, right.”
The “truth” of the matter is that people get on the witness stand, and often tell anything and everything but the truth. In addition to blatant lying, there are scores of us that tell our version of truth, or accidentally or purposely leave out part of the story.
The Bible teaches us that God desires truth “in the inmost part.” The inmost part can be the part that either I am not willing to disclose, or even may not be aware of. This is why we should, with the psalmist, cry out for God to reveal it all!
Human nature calls for us to tell only what needs to be known, but our new nature in Christ calls for us to cry out to God to reveal it all. Its in the revelation of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth that God will indeed help us.
At the time of this writing, it is the traditional night before Good Friday. On this deep dark night of the soul for Jesus, He revealed so many things; that he would be betrayed, that Peter would deny him thrice, that all of the disciples would leave him… and that (as he had been saying), he would be turned over to wicked men.
In Matthew 26:32 he gives them this promise attached to the bad news, “… and after I am raised, I will go before you to Galiliee.”
God always has restoration in mind with revealing our deepest darkest secrets.
Let’s tell him the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth… so help me God!