Daily Devotionals for August 12
Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Proverbs 22:19-21 (AMP):
19 So that your trust [belief, reliance, support and confidence] may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.
20 Have I not written to you (long ago) excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
Thought for the Day
As Solomon often addressed his sons in his proverbs, God, who inspired the Proverbs, also addresses His children through them. Proverbs reveals truth to us, so that we may put our trust in the Lord (verse 19). The entire Bible contains the words of truth to which verse 21 refers. God is the truth, the certainty, behind the Scripture. What is truth? Actually, the question should be, Who is truth? We find that answer in the Bible, in both the Old Testament and New Testament. Solomon prophetically says in verse 20, "Have I not written to you (long ago) excellent things in counsels and knowledge" (AMP).
"Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he" (Deuteronomy 32:3-4).
God is a God of truth. Jesus said that He Himself is the truth. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). He also said that we could receive the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Truth. "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (John 14:16-17). Therefore, if we desire to know the truth, we must seek to know our Father God through His Son Jesus Christ. After we receive Jesus in our hearts, we must read and obey His Word if we want to walk in truth. The Bible tells us we have an enemy who is opposed to the truth and tries to keep us from knowing it. The devil is a liar and the father of lies. Everyone is fathered either by God or the devil, and each life reflects God's or Satan's character.
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God" (John 8:44-47).
To walk in truth, we must daily seek to know and obey Jesus better. The more we know Him, the more truth we know, and the more brightly shines the spiritual light in which we walk. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not…That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:4; John 1:9).
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