What is Truth?

Day 150

2 Samuel 15:23-16:23; John 18:25-19:22; Psalm 119:113-128; Proverbs 16:10-11

What is Truth?

Jesus said to Pilate, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37).  These words penetrate Pilate in such a way that he must probe the question, “What is truth?”

Toward the end of his life, the French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal, wrote Pensees, published after his death in 1662.  In what has become known as “Pascal’s Wager” (Pensees, 233), he wrote this: “Let us then examine this point, and say, ‘God is, or He is not.’ But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity of this infinite distance where heads or tails will turn up. What will you wager?”

We live in a day when many no longer believe in absolute truth. Jesus proclaimed: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).  Knowing all would sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), the Creator of the universe had a plan from the beginning of time, which would restore all people to Himself, through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.  By choosing to believe in His Son, God has removed the fear of death, providing the Way for us to know Him intimately now and for eternity. This is the Truth we can share with all in the world, knowing it is the wager, which one cannot lose.

The Rev. Robin Morical
Church of the Incarnation
Oviedo, FL

A Lamp Unto My Feet

Day 149

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22; John 18:1-24; Psalm 119:97-112; Proverbs 16:8-9

A Lamp Unto My Feet

In the early 80’s, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant took the words from Psalm 119 and created a very popular Christian song, titled “Thy Word.” “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path…and when I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still you’re there right beside me…”  What great advice the palmist offers us but yet how often we are hesitant to accept the words.

As we search for wisdom and knowledge in the secular world, we often overlook the one text, the one authority that gives us the wisdom and answers—the Bible. The Psalm teaches us that God gives us the wisdom and makes us wiser than our enemies, even having more insight than our teachers and more understanding than our elders. But gathering all this knowledge and wisdom is only a step on the path to enlightenment.

It’s important to realize that with wisdom comes application. We must take what we learn and apply this learning wisely in the world around us. If we stumble in the darkness of temptation and evil, it is comforting to know that the Bible is our light that will keep us on the path of righteousness.

The Rev. Ed Bartle
Mount Dora, FL

Jesus’ Consecrating Prayer for the Disciples

Day 148

2 Samuel 13:1‐39; John 17:1‐26; Psalm 119:81‐96; Proverbs 16:6‐7

Jesus’ Consecrating Prayer for the Disciples

After Jesus has told His disciples there will be world tribulation, He assures them of peace in Him and reminds them He has overcome the world. Therefore, they should “be of good cheer” or “take heart.” He then raises His eyes to heaven and allows those present to overhear the prayer He makes for them and ultimately for us. “I do not  pray for these only, but also for those who are to believe in me through their word” (John 17:20). We are those who have believed because of the preaching and the written word that those who followed Jesus left for us. So what did Jesus pray for them and for us?

First, He prayed that we may be protected by His grace that we maintain unity of heart and mind following the pattern of divine unity. He reminds the “Holy Father” that only one has been lost from all chosen by Jesus to serve, Judas Iscariot, and that so prophecy may be fulfilled.

Secondly, He prays that the joy which has been His may be fully ours to offset the hatred of the world. Lastly, His prayer is to keep us safe from the clutches of the ruler of this world for the sake of the mission, the mission of the Son who made the perfect sacrifice so that we may be sanctified in truth. More than separation from sin, we are to be equipped through this sanctification through the Word for the Great Commission.

Joe Pollock
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Lake Mary, FL