We have been looking at the first half of Psalm 46, finding God’s wonderful provisions for His people during challenging times.
The Second Half of the Truth
The second half of this Psalm addresses quite a different topic, describing the pouring out of God’s wrath on rebellious humanity. In Psalm 46:8 invites us to “Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth.” In the Book of Revelation 6-19 we find the expanded description of this judgment of God on the earth. The severity of this judgment is captured in the words of Christ to his disciples in Matthew 24:21-22:
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
When This Might Happen
We don’t know the date when this tribulation will begin, but various indicators suggest that it could be soon. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Christ raptures His church tonight and that the Tribulation Period begins tomorrow. That would mean that friends and neighbors who are not believers will find themselves as objects of these horrific judgments.
Half the Truth
It has become increasingly more popular to refer to evangelism as “sharing God’s love.” Certainly that is a wonderful aspect of the truth we have to share. While we were yet sinners God demonstrated His love for us in sending Christ to die for our sins, and by receiving Him as Savior and Lord we can become children of God and be headed for heaven. People need to know that message, and it is a privilege to share it with them.
The Other Half of the Truth
Imagine a person positions himself at a stop sign at which the oncoming traffic was confronted with a “Y” in the road. He has some leaflets that describes to them all of the fantastic scenery along the road to the right, and he explains to them the many benefits that will be theirs if they drive down that road. He also assures them that by nightfall they will arrive in a city where they will receive fantastic accommodations and have a great time.
However, the road to the left has many very alluring attractions that can be seen from the stop sign, making it appear substantially more appealing than the alternative. Besides, they can see those attractions but must take his word for the benefits of the road to the right.
As a result, many of the drivers, despite his best efforts to convince them to turn right, are more captivated by the immediate gratification offered along the left-hand option. Though occasionally someone would respond to his message, he watched many of them drive off headed towards the left.
What he did not tell them was that several miles down that left road the highway comes to an abrupt end without warning, and cars without exception careen off the edge down onto the floor of the canyon 1000 feet below to a certain, horrible death.
It is good that this person is out there sharing half of the story, and even trying to convince people to choose the options on the road to the right. The question, though, is whether only telling half of the truth in reality is a half-truth.
Is it enough to tell people about the love of God and the provisions He has made for them if they will take the right-hand road without warning them about the disaster awaiting them if they take the left hand.
Suppose you share the love of Christ with your neighbor today, but he heads down the road of rejection, being unaware of the danger of his choice. Then the Lord returns for His church tonight and the judgment of the Tribulation falls. Tomorrow morning as he begins to endure the wrath of God being poured out on him, what would his thoughts toward your message be then? Would he see it merely as half of the truth or conclude that you told him a half-truth?