"The Questions Of Life"
June 30, 2012
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
The questions of life.
This Daily Devotion begins with a true-false test. Don't worry; your scores won't be shared. Here goes.
#1 - True or False: The original color of Coca-Cola ... was green.
#2 - True or False: The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.
#3 - True or False: The first novel written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.
#4 - True or False: Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth.
We're half way there.
#5 - True or False: Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
#6 - True or False: Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
How are you doing? Only four more to go.
#7 - There are more collect calls made on Father's Day than any other day of the year.
#8 - True or False: Honey is the only food which doesn't spoil.
#9 - Taken as a group, men can read smaller print than women; as a group, women hear better than men.
#10 - The term "the whole nine yards" comes from World War II fighter pilots whose ammo belts were 27 feet long. If they fired all their bullets at a target, the target got the whole nine yards.
So, you've finished the test. Do you want to score yourself? Look to the end of the devotion, immediately after the prayer.
The questions of life ... you already know those questions are not the important questions of life. There are two really important questions. The first is whom do you believe? And the second is whom will you trust? I've watched enough of those court shows on TV to know I'm a pretty bad judge of who can be believed and trusted.
I make my judgments based on things like I don't like the way she smiles or he's got two earrings in each ear. I think he's lying. Then, having made my non-scientific decision, I turn the channel.
Whom do you trust? Whom will you believe?
Thankfully, there is one area -- the area of our salvation -- where Christians don't have to debate or have any doubts. God's holy and inspired Word tells us that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He is not a Savior; He is not one of many Saviors. He is the only Savior this sinful world has ever seen ... the only Savior this world will ever need.
That is the confidence and hope given to all who believe His suffering, His blood-bought salvation is enough to cover sin and conquer death. And no matter what else an individual might believe, no matter what else a person might think is reliable, this Scriptural truth can be trusted beyond any shadow of a doubt.
As Luther would say, "This is most certainly true."
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in a world of uncertainty and doubt, I give thanks for a Savior who not only told the truth, He was and is the truth. Send the Holy Spirit so my doubts may be dispelled and my questions eliminated. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
The test score -- all the questions are true.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries