ARISE DEVOTIONAL | February 5

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 86:11 which says “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” I have worked in the youth area for 20 years, and I have prayed this verse many times, not only for myself but for our students.

Truth is hard to discern in today’s world. 75% of teenagers (including Christian ones) agree with these statements: “Truth changes constantly and varies from person to person. What is true today will not be true tomorrow. There is no absolute truth.”

John 8:32 says, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” I cannot teach what I do not know so I must study the Word to discern God’s truth. I have found that God’s truth is faithful, fulfilled, and freeing.

God’s Word is faithful because God is faithful. Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” How thankful I am that God’s Word is true and a light for our path. Sometimes the light only shines one step ahead but we are to keep walking in the light and trust that the Lord goes before us.

God’s Word is fulfilled. The prophecies of scripture have been and are being fulfilled. Isaiah predicted Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection 700 years before it happened. God fulfills his Word in our lives every day, giving joy for the journey, strength for the struggle and peace that passes understanding. Proverbs 4:5 reminds us to “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.” We must heed that advice continually.

God’s Word is freeing. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” In Christ, we have freedom to live a life filled with the grace and love of God, freedom to witness to the power of Christ in our lives and freedom to “live a life worthy of the calling we have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)

“Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.” (Augustine) My prayer for our students and myself is that we know the truth of God. David expresses this perfectly in Psalm 25:5, “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

Peg Guthrie