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I Will Seek Truth

I am a Truthwatcher. I know because the very thorough results from my "Official Knights Radiant Order Quiz" told me so, and we book nerds take our fictional quizzes rather seriously. Now, Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive (and its 10 orders of Knights with different attributes) may be fictional, but I can't deny that my results gave me a little thrill. Maybe because a Truthwatcher is exactly what I want to be.

Hey, I told you I was a nerd.
The Truthwatcher emblem... in cookie form.

What does it mean to search for the Truth, to shun deceptions and counterfeits in favour of the genuine, and never be satisfied with less? There are many answers to that question. The gospels are filled with accounts of people, like you and me, who left everything to follow the Truth wherever it went. People who found Truth like a pearl of great price and sold all that they owned to obtain it. Jesus is the embodiment of Truth. First and foremost, seeking Truth means seeking him.

But what about the more basic truths, the answers to day-to-day questions?

How do we seek truth when nothing is certain, and all we can hear is a roar from both sides of an issue?

My first word of advice is to forget about taking sides. If you look to the left, you'll see one group of people touting a rally-cry that they firmly, unwaveringly believe in. If you look to the right, you'll probably see the exact same thing. But even if one of them is right, we can't put all our stock in human ideas at face value. That's why, when you're standing in the middle, don't look to the left or the right. Look up.

God has all the answers, and when we're close to Him, seeking answers, seeking the wisdom to live righteous lives, He will not withhold that wisdom from us. He certainly didn't for Solomon, who was rewarded with the wisdom he requested and more because of His dedication to being right in God's eyes, and no one else's. God is the only one who can tell us what's what—through His Word, through His Spirit, and through the example of His Son. If we bring everything we know and want to know to Him, and examine all the evidence through the tools He gives us, we will have a much greater hope of reaching His conclusion, not our own.

It's not a foolproof method, I know. It's more challenging than I've made it sound, and sometimes people on both sides truly believe that their ideas have come from God. But at the end of the day, the voice that really matters in the clamour of thoughts and feelings swirling around us is God's. That means we need to be close enough to Him to hear what He's telling us, loud and clear. And the more closeness we have, the more proximity with Him, the less we will question or doubt what we hear. God is the provider of all truth, and our job is to seek Him in times of confusion.

There will always be sides, and sometimes a side is right, but God always is. So start your truth-seeking by looking up.

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