Step into almost any bookstore, and you will find volumes covering all topics imaginable. Want new direction for your life? Self-help sections are extremely popular and accessible. Are your children disobeying? Parenting literature abounds. But do all of these "expert" authors have trustworthy credentials?
There is a place to find guidance and information that won't ever mislead: the Bible will bless and benefit everyone who reads and applies its wisdom. Here's what Scripture's Author—"the God of truth" (Isa. 65:16)—says about His own Word:
1. The Bible gives direction for life (Ps. 119:105). God uses His Word to lead us, no matter what our circumstances may be. The Holy Spirit can take even simple verses, which seem general at first glance, and apply them to our specific situation.
2. Scripture strengthens us when we grieve or face difficulty (Ps. 119:28, 116). By spending time processing what God says, we're reminded that He loves us, cares about our situation, and can handle whatever we're facing. Worry and pain turn into peace, hope, and joyful confidence.
3. God's Word helps us understand our inner motivations (Heb. 4:12). Scripture acts like a mirror that lets us see ourselves as we truly are.
The Bible is the very mind of God put into words so that man can know his Maker more fully. In deepening our understanding of the heavenly Father, we learn how to live successfully and die unafraid. To what extent do you depend upon this amazing Book as your foundation for life?
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