Letter Re: Relevance of the Scriptures
I am doing some research about what people think about the relevance of the Bible and what it means to them. I was wondering if you would be willing to tell me briefly what makes the Bible relevant for you.
Thanks very much.
Thank you for the opportunity to write a few lines in response to your question concerning the relevance of the Scriptures for me.
Several verses from the Bible come immediately to mind, especially from Psalms 1, 19 and 119. Also from 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Allow me to explain.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
All that is written in these verses I have proven to be true in my own life – for many years. For me, the Bible is God speaking to me. It is far more than just print on paper. Through the power of the Spirit, God uses the words written in His Word:
- to revive my soul when I am feeling troubled or anxious,
- to make me wise in decision-making,
- to bring joy to me heart when I am despondent,
- to shed light on my pathway at a time when the path ahead is not yet clear to me.
Furthermore, God uses His Word to bring stability to my life and also to open my eyes to sin in my heart and life, calling me to walk in obedience and faith for my own good.
2 Timothy 3
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Actually as a boy I was a little like Timothy. Raised in a strong Christian home, I was taught and encouraged to read the Bible each day, even as a young boy. What an incredible start to life. How blessed I have been through the wisdom of God’s truth that was instilled in my mind even as a young boy.
The relevance of God’s Word for me and for all of us is so clearly spelled out in verses 16 & 17. The four key words are: teaching, rebuking, correcting and training (in righteousness). All four are equally important to me so that I will grow in maturity as a man of God. (Please note the present tense. The process goes on throughout one’s entire life no matter how long one has been in the Christian faith.) Two are positive, and two are negative, though in reality even the negative uses of God’s Word are positive because they bring forth good fruit if we take them to heart.
The most important part of the day for me, Pete, is the first hour or two of each day. I begin my day in God’s presence, reading and reflecting on God’s Word. I need the constant reminders of God’s truth – every day – so that I will not stumble and trip my way through the day but rather walk hand in hand with God Who guides me through His Word. Then at other times throughout the day, at different times and for differing reasons, I reflect on God’s Word. And then at the end of the day, I read a small portion of God’s Word so my last thought before resting for the evening is one of God’s thoughts.
It is my prayer for you that you will above all else seek to know and master God’s truth so that your life in all its varied dimensions – your thinking, planning, dreaming and decision-making – will come under the mastery of God and His Word.
Your friend because Jesus is our true Friend,