When you look at Scripture, what do you see? Do you see a boring manuscript of archaic proportions? A man-made religious manual littered with contradictions? A hearty piece of kindling? A gate-way to the Christian faith? A text you can’t understand?
I have seen all those things, well, except for the kindling — I usually just prefer to remain respectfully distant, apathetically inclined to profess my belief in it’s tenants, yet lax to acquaint myself with the message nestled safely within its pages.
I like to think I am a firm believer in what I find in there, but how would I know, with how little I find?
Does this sound like you? I don’t know about you, but I’m not a Bible professor; still, as a Christian, this is not just a text that some noble men and women commit their lives to studying, it is the Word of the living God, our only tool to accurately interpreting His actions for our good, the very bread my soul starves without.
Okay, so I know I should take the Bible seriously, but is that all there is to it, seriousness? Is the One who claims to be Life itself, really so restricted? I don’t think so. I think we have been missing so much of the point if we have been thinking this way. The Word of God is not irrelevant, but it is not stuffy either. It is not even so limited in scope as the toaster oven manual that I need to read to operate my kitchen appliance, but would rather skim, than spend the time memorizing. And I know some have called it a love letter from God the Father to us, but even that idea is not something that impresses with me with its readability, or staff of life application. I want more than that.
Let me go to the Word of God for help. What do we really need that’s in here?
But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are and put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.
God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
Hebrews 4: 8-13
If we don’t read His Word, we don’t know God, it really is as simple as that. And, if we don’t, we will find at the wrong time that we wish we did. This is a proactive measure, a life-measure, according to God. And, think of what we’re missing out on if we don’t know Him: His Word declares:
Discipline in the best ways of living,
But, don’t take my word for it, investigate His!