The Bible has always been useful for whoever is reading it at whatever point in history. It was relevant when it was written, it is relevant now, and it will always be relevant to future generations. God’s words never pass away. He authored his Word to transcend times and cultures, that he might speak to us today. Question is, will we apply ourselves to hear what he has to say?
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Most of us encounter the Bible at some point in our lives, whether that is in the drawer of our hotel nightstand or lying dog-eared and underlined on Grandma’s kitchen table.
If we pause to think about it at all, we may assume that the Bible is an old and difficult book; we can’t possibly understand it or find it helpful.
Or, we may think of the Bible as “magical.” We believe that if we just open to the right page and our eyes fall upon the right lines, we will get an answer we need, or an inspiring word for the day. We may view the Bible as if it were an ancient Magic 8 Ball from God.
The truth is that the Bible is a story. Though a number of different authors wrote it, and generations collected it over many centuries, the Bible tells one tale.
It tells us that we were created by God to be caretakers of his world and to have friendship with him. Instead, we ignored his instructions and rejected him.
This rebellion caused division and brokenness that still haunts us today. We are separated from God and from each other. We even experience inner conflict when we do things we know we should not do, or when we struggle with nagging insecurity and anxiety.
God does not want us to live in this brokenness and division. He planned to restore our relationship with him and with others.
The Bible is the epic story of humanity’s hero, sent by God, to rescue us from sin and sorrow and death. That hero is Jesus Christ, and in the end, the Bible is his story.
If you have never read the Bible, begin where the story begins—in the newly made world of Genesis 1-2. Read about the tragedy that took place in our world in Genesis 3.
Continue on through the Old Testament stories of how God promised to save people from sin. Read about the family of Abraham, the law given to Moses, and the kingly line of David. Trace God’s promise and his plan through all of these stories until it is finally revealed in Jesus.
You could begin reading the Bible by skipping to the “good news” or “gospel” stories told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament. Through their eyewitness accounts, God allows us to meet our hero, Jesus, and to know him.
Watch as Jesus frees people from their demons, heals the sick, and offers hope to the desperate. Look at how he takes the full weight of our rebellion and its consequences upon himself when he dies on the cross and how he breaks the power of death when he rises again.
This is where the story becomes our story. Like a “choose-your-own-adventure” book, the Bible forces us to pick a path. Do we accept that Jesus is who the Bible says he is? Do we turn to him to rescue us personally?
Or do we dismiss the Bible as fantasy and persist in making our own way through life?
The Bible’s story and the choice it calls us to make are just as relevant today as ever, because the biblical story is not finished yet.
We still have a place in it.
Is the Bible relevant to your life today?
Yes: Its world is your world, its pain is your pain, its God is the true God, and its hero is the only true hero available to you.
Pick up the Bible, read it, and discover your part in the greatest of all adventures.
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
DEUTERONOMY 8:3 NIV
The Bible Is LIke...
There is no other book like the Bible, no book that even remotely compares with the Bible.
No other book has been so often printed or widely distributed in as many languages as the Bible. Its preservation is miraculous, its circulation amazing.
No other book has influenced human civilization, literature, art or government as has the Bible, nor has any book changed the lives of more people than the Bible.
Its message is timeless. It will be as equally applicable to the twenty-first century as it was to the first. It fits men of all ages and is never out of date. It speaks with equal power to Jew or Gentile, black or white, old or young, learned or ignorant.
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David."
The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
and come to me;
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."
Your word is a lamp
for my feet,
a light on my path.