The facts aren’t always the truth.

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Facts don’t always equal truth. Even when you see evidence of the facts all around you. 

Something else needs to be considered when evaluating the “evidence”.

Truth.

Life’s circumstances may try to declare your physical demise and financial despair; all the while supplying you with limitless commentary on just how awful God is.

Facts as you see them.

But facts are not the final word as long as truth is allowed to have a voice. 

Elisha and his servant were minding their own business, when, from out of nowhere they were surrounded by an enemy’s army.

The servant had gotten up at the crack of dawn and turned on the coffee pot. As he stuck his head out the front door to see if the morning paper had arrived, he noticed soldiers and horses everywhere.

Quickly slamming the door and shoving the deadbolt into place, he ran to Elisha’s room.

“Elisha! Quick! Look out the window! We’re dead meat for certain!”

Closing the curtain, and turning to face his servant, Elisha said, “Why? What’s the problem? The facts declare we’re hopelessly outnumbered; but the Truth says something entirely different! Truth is telling me there are more for us than against us.”

“Huh? Are you still asleep, Elisha?”

“Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17 NLT)

And so it is with every child of God; everyone who has received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

Facts may say, “You might as well give up! You can never conquer your addiction, or failure, or experience the abundant life Jesus promised.”

Truth says, “God is not a man that He should lie. Every word is backed by heaven’s power and God’s integrity. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

We have a choice to make. If there’s ever a discrepancy between what we see or what we believe, are we going to listen to the facts or the truth?

And if we’re having trouble distinguishing between the two, maybe it would be a great idea to spend more time studying the truth.

Because the facts aren’t always the truth.