“Give Me the Bible by Justin Guin”
The value of the Bible cannot be overstated. The record found in the Scriptures is more than a compendium of historical events and people. It reveals God’s plan for his creation particularly human beings. Through the Bible, God equips us for service (2 Tim. 3:17) and gives us instruction for everything that pertains to life and godly living (2 Pet. 1:3). How does the Bible help strengthen our faith?
First, the Bible enlightens our eyes to God’s path of righteousness (Ps. 19:7-11). There are things you can learn about God from nature (Rom. 1:20). Notice the ways the Psalmist described the value of the Bible in Psalm 19.
It is perfect, reviving the soul (v. 7)
It is pure making the simple wise (v. 7).
It is right and causes rejoicing (v. 8).
It is pure and enlightens our eyes (v 8).
It is clean and enduring (v.9).
It is true and instructs us concerning righteousness (v. 9).
Thus, the Psalmist concludes, “Much more are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb” (v. 10). Through keeping God’s word we are warned and will have a great reward.
Second, the Bible exposes sin and its consequences. In Hebrews 4:12-13, the Scriptures state God’s word unmasks the intentions of the heart. It also gives instruction to correct and strengthen us. You cannot hide from the probing word of God. It is a living, active tool from God to help us understand the consequences of sinful living.
Third, the Bible equips us for serving the Lord (2 Tim. 3:17). As mentioned earlier, God’s servants are “complete and thoroughly furnished” through the Bible (2 Tim. 3:17). It trains, teaches, rebukes, and corrects us (2 Tim 3:16). These ensure our lives are pointing in a God-ward direction.
The Bible is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Give me the Bible for all issues of life. Through it, we know God’s will for our lives (Eph. 5:17). He has not left us without a witness for his desires for our life.