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A Devotional:

Accurate and Important Information, What Can I Trust?

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

– 2 Timothy 3:16-17

In times like these, many do not know who or what to trust. How do I know what is true and what is false? Today, more than any other time I can remember, people have a sense of distrust about much of the information we hear or read. It has affected almost everything we do. In some cases, it has become the focus of our lives. It has even created a rift within the church, as people struggle to find a proper sense of understanding as well as peace and safety.

This is not to say that many of the subjects that we have become so taken by are not important, but should they be the focus of our lives, should they direct our decisions, or take the peace and joy that are ours as believers? Have our actions shown one who is guided by Christ and His Word or one who is simply responding in their own understanding to the waves of the world?

Unfortunately, most of us will initially respond out of our own understanding. This is why we must get back to scripture. God’s Word tells us that we will face difficult times as believers, as well as those simply among the human race. As believers, we must redirect our thinking to scriptures like these:

Phil 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I think we must find it important to remember the need for a biblical response to the world and the world’s problems. In Colossians 4, we are encouraged to devote ourselves to prayer, to conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, and to make the most of the opportunity. How many of you would say you have made the most of these recent opportunities? Did you even consider them as such? We are to reflect our Lord, Jesus Christ, to those who so desperately need Him. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “. . . sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence . . .”

PRAY:  Lord, enable us to keep our eyes on you and not the waves of the world around us! Help us to make time, each day, to be in Your Word, that we might draw strength and resolve to make the most of every opportunity, to reflect the peace that is ours in Christ. We live in a hurting world, a world that needs to hear of the Hope that is ours in Christ, through a gentle and reverent response.

Tony Howerton
Young Professional’s Small Group Leader
First Baptist Broken Arrow

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