Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
I use to wonder how I could buy the truth, I did not see how that would be possible. I remember in the New Testament where someone named Simon wanted to buy the power to lay hands on people (Acts 8:20 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power. But Peter replied, “May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought!) So the gifts of God cant’ be purchased with money so then neither can the truth. With this in mind I had to do a lot of research to figure out what this is talking about and seems like with the problems we have in the world currently this is a good time to explain what I found.
What is Buying the Truth?
You could say it can cost you to buy the truth. If you stop everything and spend your time to learn the truth then the tasks you were doing are not getting done and it is a cost. But is the truth that valuable? Yes, and we should consider truth a thing of the Highest Value, and spare no pains, costs, or sacrifice to obtain it. We are not to go around trying to sell truth for earthly profits but we are not to spare our costs of money, time or sacrifice in obtaining truth.
What is Not Selling Truth?
Once we know the truth we cannot let circumstances to be the cause of us being reasoned out of the truth we have learned. We should not become unequally yoked to make compromise of the truth for immorality or listen to people who obscure truth in our minds. Truth is a keepsake and we should carefully guard it as the most valuable possession we have. This also would mean for us to not alter the truth to make it fit what we want instead of what it should be, “sell it not,” do not part with it for any consideration or be bought with money into shifting to something different than the truth.
Why Take Precautions to Guard Truth?
Jesus said in John 8:32: You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. We all want to be free and feel God’s Special Peace that passes all understanding.(Philippians 4:7) We are also told in Ephesians Wisdom, Instruction and Understanding help truth to become the foundation in life so we should pray for wisdom in learning the truth.
Beloved, don’t allow feelings caused by people to make you deny the truth nor be envious of others and lose sight of truth. We are ambassadors for Christ and what goes on around us has not changed our agenda. We pray and God answers our prays and guides us along our journey on Earth with His Blessings and Peace.