"A Life Compass"
March 6, 2009
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word. Psalm 119:9
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Today, we are witnesses to the planet's newest technologies. Everywhere around us the world is abuzz with some new gadget or contrivance hawked by the companies that sell them as being the next best thing to sliced bread. Communication between people and across continents takes place like never before. If there's a calamity or disaster, men have emergency numbers at their disposal -- police, firemen, ambulance services, crisis hotlines, and the list goes on. However, despite the fact there are all these ways of getting help, man remains in strange isolation.
Faced with various ideologies for success and roads leading to happiness, man is bewildered. Helping him forget about his troubles -- and his bewilderment -- drugs, booze, and a host of other diversionary options beckon him in several directions. Falsely promising a way out of the maze, these suggestions darken one's path, taking them away from God, the Creator. At the end of it all, the question persists: "How can a young man keep his path pure?"
There is only one way -- holding close to God's Word. In a world of endless chatter and constant suggestion, the Word of God is the one, sure beam to illumine our walk through life. In fact, the Bible tells us so: "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105). God's Word is a lamp ever directed to Jesus as our Lord and Savior and lights the way He would have us live.
Unfortunately, many young people think God's Word and His laws are obstacles to their happiness. It is quite the opposite. Through His Word, He provides light on an otherwise dark and uncertain trek through life. We gladly follow, not to earn eternal life but in gratitude for God's free gift of salvation in Christ. Will you take delight in following the rules of God's road with the help of the Holy Spirit?
THE PRAYER: Father, Your Word as given in the Old Testament points to the saving work of Jesus in the New Testament. By Your Spirit, teach us to rely on the light You provide and make our walk pleasing in Your sight. In Your Name, we pray. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion has been submitted by a volunteer working with the Lutheran Hour Ministries center in Cameroon, West Africa. Headquartered in Yaounde since 2001, this international office and its volunteer corps is active in prison ministry, door-to-door evangelism, drama and music presentations, and outreach to the hospitalized and children living on the streets.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.