What a Difference the Word Makes

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Ecclesiastes 7, 2 Timothy 3

Thinking and Acting

What we think affects how we behave.  If we think it’s going to rain, then we bring an umbrella. If we think exercise will burn calories, then we go to the gym.  If we think God can change us, then we read His Word … Right?

Unfortunately, there’s a statistical disconnect between what we think about the relevance of the Bible and how often we read it.  According to Gallup [1], 65% of Americans agree that the Bible “answers all or most of the basic questions of life” and 75% say that they are either “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in deepening their understanding of the Bible.  Yet, only 16% of Christians read the Bible daily and almost 41% read it rarely or never at all.

Although we say that we think the Bible answers life’s basic questions, we don’t believe it.  We don’t think it’s relevant or that it changes us.

What a Difference the Word Makes

According to Paul, there are at least two ways that the Bible is relevant.

First, it is “able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”  v. 15, ESV.  By the Word, we come to know God and His plan for salvation.  Because His salvation gives life, there is nothing more exciting or relevant.  It can never be exhausted.

Second, it can equip you for every good work since it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” vv. 16-17, ESV.  The Word is imminently practical because it equips us for “every good work.”  Good works, however, are not those that merely do good for others or us.  As Jesus told his followers, good works are those that give glory to God [2].

How It Makes a Difference

The Word does not reveal salvation or equip us for good works by giving us a list of do’s-and-don’t’s. Rather, it reveals the magnitude, splendor, authority, wisdom and kindness of everything that God is for us in Jesus.  As we daily read and meditate on it, He changes our taste buds so that we become dissatisfied in all else and satisfied in Him: “Taste and see that the LORD is good” [3].

Therefore, will you taste and see how He saves and equips us through His Word?

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One Comment to “What a Difference the Word Makes”

  1. I’m behind; such a surprise!

    Good devotional, but where are the footnotes?

    Three references, but I don’t see the info. One I know, the other two would be helpful. I wouldn’t ask if I wasn’t interested. I would have emailed you if I could have figured out how.

    Tim

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