“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
When I was a little girl, my understanding of the Bible was limited. What little I knew about God and His Word revolved around children’s stories about Jesus.
I had no idea the Bible was packed with valuable lessons that concerned my everyday life. It wasn’t until I surrendered my life to Christ in my late teens that I began to recognize and experience the power of God’s Word.
There have always been – and will always be – skeptics who question whether the Bible is inspired, infallible, and reliable. For years after my salvation, I only opened God’s Word when listening to a sermon, or when I was in crisis mode and needed comfort and direction. The rest of the time, my version of God’s Word rested on my nightstand. Looking back, I am grateful, that during those times, when I did open my Bible in response to a need, God, in His unconditional love and patience consistently chose to direct me to passages that shed light on the exact situation I was experiencing.
If you asked me back then, why I believed the Bible was the living, breathing, inspired Word of God, I would have told you, “it’s because God uses His Word to literally speak to me in the middle of a crisis.”, but – I will also tell you that there is so much more to God’s Word than just that!
The Bible is God’s counsel for everyday life; it gives hope in the face of despair, comfort in the middle of pain, help when in need of healing, guidance at the crossroad of decisions, and peace in all circumstances.
I encourage you to open your Bible today and ask God to speak to you through His Word. You will find that He has a passionate desire for a closer, personal relationship with you; He very much wants to speak to you.
What do you believe about the Bible?