Isaiah 40:8, “The Word of our God stands forever”
2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction”
Do you own a Bible? If so, do you use it or does it set on a book shelf or in a drawer collecting dust? Did you know that the Bible (God’s breathed Word) is a remarkable Book? Millions of copies are bought each year and has been the number-one bestseller for decades. However, tragically, the Bible is said to be the least-read bestseller of all time.
The apostle Paul taught that the Scriptures are given to us by God and are capable of bringing about transformation in those who take it seriously. Do you take the Bible seriously? Evangelist and preacher D. L. Moody said, “The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.”
Hebrews 4:12 tell us “The Word of God is living and powerful.” So why do we often neglect this source of transforming power? Writer and profession J. I. Packer said, “If I were the devil, one of my first aims would be to stop folk from digging into the Bible.” So my beloved, do you use your Bible every day until it eventually falls apart?
Bible teacher Alan Redpath advised believers in Christ to “wreck” a Bible every 10 years. Here’s why: God wants to speak to us through the Bible, telling us how to live for Him and answering crucial questions. Through it He warns us about the dangers of sin and provides us with nourishing spiritual food. The bottom line is this: Don’t neglect your Bible. If you do, you will neglect your own spiritual health.
What can be done to improve society today? An MTV political correspondent had this unexpected but praiseworthy suggestion: “No matter how secular our culture becomes, it will remain drenched in the Bible. Since we will be haunted by the Bible even if we don’t know it, doesn’t it make sense to read it.” My beloved, our culture is indeed “drenched in the Bible.” Whether or not the majority of people realize it, the principles on which the United States was founded, and the values which still permeate our national life, were based on the Holy Scriptures.
However, God’s Word no longer occupies the commanding place it held in the past. Its ethics are sometimes still praised even though biblical morality is flagrantly violated. So, I agree with the political correspondent’s urging that people read the Bible. However, we need to do more than just read the Word of God. We need to believe the Bible and put its inspired teachings into practice. The psalmist reminded us that we are to walk in God’s ways, to keep His precepts diligently, and to seek Him with our whole heart (Psalm 119:2-4).
Why are the lives of so many believers in Christ faded, wilted, and powerless? Well beloved, in most cases, it is because they neglect spending time alone each day with God in prayer, also in the study of His Word and especially attending Sunday school where His Word is taught and in church services where His Word is preached. We need to ask the Lord to teach us His statutes and to direct our steps according to His Word (Psalm 119:133, 135). Then read it often and especially follow the instructions.
Many books can inform, but only the Bible can transform.