The Bible is a unique book! Penned by more than 30 people, over a period of close to 1500 years it speaks to topics that have gripped humanity in all ages. Life and death, good and evil, peace and unrest, love and hatred…, are realities which all people, from all walks of life relate to. The Bible speaks to these life questions. It records the historical rise and fall of kingdoms, the conquest of empires and even more amazing it has made predictions of the future that have turned to be accurately true.
Though penned by human hands, the Scriptures claim for their Author the Creator of the heavens and the earth. We are told, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16. This tells us that the ideas and thoughts expressed in the Bible are not merely of human origin but instead divine, from God Himself, and written in human language for our instruction. “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21. So when we read the Scriptures, we come in contact with God’s thought and will for our lives. This fact places the Bible in a special category, making it different from any other works of literature.
The matters addressed in the Scriptures are relevant to everyone. In this vast shoreless ocean called life, with its dangers and possibilities, we need a compass to guide us in the right direction. The Word of God is just exactly that compass we need to sail through life. Jesus says “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.The psalmist acknowledges how central God’s Word was to his life when he says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105. Commit today to make God’s Word central to your life, study it daily and you will find help to life’s challenges.
Key Text: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4