Week 1/Day 5: Believe

Day 5: The Bible is God’s Word

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

Stacy says:

When I was young my mom would come into our rooms and wake us up for school. I would get dressed and head down the stairs for breakfast. Bless my mom’s heart she always sent us on our way with a good breakfast. I can still see her there today. Sitting at the round table with four chairs, steam rising from her coffee cup, she would be reading her Bible. I didn’t really get it then. It was just the way life was. Get up for school… go down to breakfast… Mom reading God’s Word.

I don’t remember talking about what she was reading. Don’t remember long spiritual conversations about His Word, but her dedication to God’s Word made an impression. I knew from early on this was a special book and I remember reading it on my own as a preteen.

Throughout my teens there were seasons when I would study His Word. I often looked for guidance amidst those pages. It wasn’t until I met crisis face to face in my early twenties that I realized it was so much more than a rule book. Holy Spirit began to reveal to me the power of His Word. In those moments of despair His Word did a work in me and I have never been the same.

Carol says:

God’s Word, living and active, became reality for me during my dad’s fatal health crisis.

The news came to me over the phone, through my brother, “It’s a disaster… the surgery failed… he’s on life support…” I heard a wail… it was several seconds before I realized it was coming from me! My world felt like it was spinning… no steady place to stand…

You see this surgery’s timing was planned by my dad. A valve replacement. Waiting for just the right time. It was supposed to be fine. Routine. But, as with all things we try to control, it failed. Dad’s heart was too weak and couldn’t pump against the new valve. The surgeon he was working with wanted to wait before giving up to see if his heart might strengthen, so my dad was on complete life support, which was totally against his wishes.

As my head reeled, I retreated to the shower, my prayer closet at the time, and cried out to God. I felt Him telling me to open His Word. After I dressed, I did just that. And there for the first time, I opened up to what He wanted me to read. Psalm 103. His words stopped my world from spinning. Grounded me. Gave me a firm place to stand.

During this crisis, which happened about five years into my walk with God, He showed me I can go to His Word and find Him in it for whatever I need, whenever I need it. I’d been studying His Word for a while. I loved it. But this is when I found Him in it. I felt His breath on me through His Word. Living and active. The moment I needed it.

We must believe, receive, the Bible as His Word. His truth. His message to us of who He is, who we are before Him, and how He calls us to live. Once we believe He exists and He is who He says He is — the One and Only Almighty God, Creator of the Universe, Sovereign Lord — it’s not a great leap to accept the Bible as His Word given to us for our benefit.

God guided the men He called to record His Word through the Holy Spirit. We must trust that Scripture is exactly how He intended it to be. He is Sovereign and cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7).

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. —Psalm 33:10-11 NIV

God dearly loves us and gave us His Word in the form of a book. When read through the power of the Holy Spirit, it blesses us with trustworthy and accurate guidance for our lives. We need to hold dear both the Old and New Testaments — the New revealing the fulfillment of all the promises in the Old.

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  — 2 Peter 1:19-21 ESV

The Bible is God’s word to us. He meets us in it. Through His Word we learn to recognize His voice in our hearts, just as those who wrote the Bible knew His voice. It’s not just a guide book on how to live, it is a love letter, telling us how God wants to live with us and how we are to live with Him.

Studying and learning His Word is a very important part of being a Christian. The psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Unless we know what He says, we will not know His love for us or how He wants us to live.

Talk It Out

Talk it over with yourself:

Do you believe the Holy Bible is the accurate word of God and that its contents are good for giving guidance to individuals and society today? Why or why not?

Record your thoughts in your journal.

Talk it over with God:

Take time to pray and ask God to open your eyes to His truth and wisdom and sovereignty.

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32:26-27 ESV

Exercise Your Faith

Gratitude:

In your journal, list two reasons you are thankful for His Word. Now, tell Him.

Scripture Memory:

No prompts today. Recite the week’s verse or write it in your journal.

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