Our Bible verse for today: “How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! Happy are those who keep his decrees and seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:1-2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God gave us the Bible because He loves us.”
We’ve been spending the months of September and October exploring the reality of God’s love. What love is, why God loves us, how we fully embrace and experience that love, and how we then share it with others. In yesterday’s devotional I told you that I wasn’t able to go on my mission trip to Peru as planned, but that I’m trusting God to work in the middle of that disappointing situation to bring some good things out of it. I’m certain that He will find multiple ways to express His love and goodness through this.
Well so far, as a result of missing that trip, I was here on Sunday to hear two great sermons about the Bible. My friend Scott Lacy preached for me at our own church and it was a powerful message about the factual truth and complete reliability of God’s Word. Also, I was able to attend the annual meeting of the Cumberland Plateau Baptist Association Sunday night and I heard a great sermon preached by Dr. Samuel Oliver, the President of Union University. His message was about the fact that God gave us the Bible as a gift because He loves us so much. God wants to be known and understood by us, and the Bible is His primary means of communicating with us.
Those sermons were special to me because although God speaks to us in numerous ways, for me personally I hear God best and most often through the written Word. That means the Bible first, but also through other Christian literature, and song lyrics too. The next way in which I hear God best and most often is through His creation. I’m constantly in awe of God’s magnificent creation, and I sense His presence in nature much more so than in most other ways. The third way God speaks to me most often is through circumstances – my own circumstances and those of other people too. The fourth way is through the counsel of trusted advisors. And fifth, through prayer.
Your order may be different, but the Bible is God’s first and primary means of communicating with us. It is clear, direct, and without error. We should therefore study the Bible, accept its authority over our lives, memorize key parts of it, and live by it. If we do that we will, like the writer of Psalm 119 says, live a blessed life. The best life you will ever have is the one lived in the center of God’s will, and the clearest expression of God’s will is found on the pages of the Bible. (By the way, did you know that Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and it is also all about the Bible? That’s right, the longest chapter in the Bible is all about the Bible).
The Bible is God’s gift to you. He gave it to you because He loves you and He wants you to know all about Him. He also wants you to obey Him so that He can then bless you, and He wants to bless you because He loves you. The Bible enables us to know Him and His ways, so we can then obey Him and be blessed.
The Bible is one more proof of God’s love for you.