The past few months I’ve had the joy of writing + sharing devotionals with my church’s middle and high school students. 

While I recently thought I was preparing what God wanted me to share with the students, I learned that I was also preparing what God needed me to hear + be reminded of! (That seems to be a theme in working with these amazing students!) So as you read these words intended for teenagers, I hope you are reminded of the truth of who you are! 

Who Am I?

The world does a good job of trying to answer that question for us, doesn’t it? No matter where we look, we are bombarded with images of what we should look like, what we should eat, what we should do with our time, what we should own. The world is loud and distracting; filling us with doubt, fear, shame and insecurity. The world can be so loud that it can be hard to hear the whisper of the truth among the shouts of lies from the enemy that constantly comes at us.

In fact, if we don’t have the truth of scripture living and breathing in us, we won’t be able to drown out the noise of the world. God whispers the truth to us through his scripture. 

Isaiah 43:1 tells us: 

But now, this is what the Lord says—

    he who created you, Jacob,

    he who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

    I have called you by name; you are mine.

But the thing we must remember about whispers is we have to be close to the speaker to hear the whispers. Soft whispers pull us closer so that we can drown out the noise that surrounds us. 

In the promise of his Word, over and over again, the Lord whispers his truth to you.

You are His. 

You are chosen. 

You are set apart. 

You are not forsaken. 

You are loved. 

You are forgiven. 

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

You are no longer a slave to your sin. 

You are His, forever. 

He whispers these things to us to pull us closer to him to be able to hear His truth. The best way to drown out the lies of the world is to draw closer to Him, so you can hear His whispers of truth over the shouts of the enemy. 

You can stand confident in who you are because you stand confident in whose you are! 

Written by Christina Swecker