2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
When I opened my eyes and began to look up to God rather than in at myself, I found a lot of knowledge and wisdom I never even knew I was missing.
Life happens. It happens every minute of every day. While I was gaining so much insight into survival in this world, I really had this false comfort in what I’d come to learn through my own personal life experiences. I’ve been through a lot in my lifetime, and perhaps I’d even gotten cocky in my knowledge, but God has a way of showing us how little we know, and how small one experience can be in the grand scheme of His plan.
I confess I’ve not dedicated enough of my time to reading God’s word. I took part in studies that required my efforts in reading the Bible, and I read here and there over time. It’s not like I completely ignored it, but it wasn’t my priority, as I now believe it should have been for many years. There have been seasons that the Word was my companion in every way- the many notes, highlights, and a very used Bible will indicate that, but seasons are seasons, and they come and go.
2 Timothy gives us a good explanation why the Scriptures are necessary in our lives. They are inspired by God and useful to teach us. They give us a deeper insight into our personal lives, correcting what is wrong, explaining what is right, preparing us and equipping us to do HIS good work. Our instruction manual for life, it is the only one we get that is truly breathed through the love of our Almighty Father.
Our world has changed so much over the last five decades. Some good and some bad has come through progress. In many ways, the forward progress of many social issues has sent us railing backwards. In other ways, the movement has ushered us forward into a worldly view (a small part of cultural Christianity) of things that no longer believes the inspired word of God is necessary or applies to our daily lives. I’ve seen it. I’ve read the Scriptures, and I believe there are many black and white matters that have become gray in the world. I’ve seen personal agenda and opinion not agree with Scripture, therefore it is twisted and turned into something that more closely parallels those opinions of certain matters, which is a desperate attempt at some sort of divine justification.
God’s word is the same today as it has always been. It will never change. Nothing in this world will change it. They’ve tried..for centuries. They’ve failed.
The more we’ve gained monetarily, we’ve pulled away from God. The more we enjoyed the pleasures of this world, we’ve pulled away from God. The more we sought selfish desires and needs, we’ve pulled away from God. The first step in pulling away, is ignoring His word. Why was His word ignored? Because it’s hard to roll in the filth when you know His truth, His love, His absolute best is far from what might feel good in the moment. It is always about a choice. And the world has chosen to turn away.
Women carry large purses these days, filled with junk. Mostly items for our vanity. What we need to carry is the Bible. I remember hearing people use the phrase, “I don’t need no Bible thumper telling me how to live.”
We were never ‘Bible thumpers telling people how to live’…
We will always be God’s children, sharing His message with a world in need!
Don’t let the world tell you any different!