March 22, 2005
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
How can we, as Christians, truly understand the Bible? You may be thinking, “Isn’t it enough that I come to church, worship the Lord, and fellowship with other believers? But now, you’re telling me that I’m supposed to try and understand and study my Bible?”
Some people come to church like they go to the hospital and get an IV. If you’ve ever been to the hospital and had an IV, you get nourishment and medicine through the intravenous mechanism. And some people come to church and get stuck for just a bit with Scripture, get a little nourishment, and then try to live on that the rest of the week.
It would be hard for someone to eat one piece of bread on Sunday and live only on that for the rest of the week. In a dark world, we don’t have to go staggering through the darkness and stumbling into the night. We can know light and truth through God’s Word.
It is vital that we understand our Bibles. The psalmist gives us many reasons, blessings, and benefits in Psalm 119: peace (v. 165), power to resist sin (v. 3, 11, 101, 165), joy (v. 16, 24, 35, 47, 77, 92, 174), the meaning of life (v. 99, 125, 130, 169), strength for living (v. 28), freedom (v. 45), hope (v. 114, 147), comfort in suffering and affliction (v. 50, 52), reverence for God (v. 120, 161), a thankful heart (v. 62), a worshipful heart (v. 164, 171, 175), and personal revival (v. 25, 37, 40, 88, 107).
These are just a few of the benefits of the Word of God! For the burdens of life, go to the Word of God! For the blessings of life, go to the Word of God! In the battles of life, find strength in the Word of God! The Word of God is the final arbiter of truth without any mixture of error. Thank God for a source by which we can know Him, grow close to Him, and find absolute truth for life.
IF YOU DESIRE TO BEHOLD THE FACE AND WISDOM OF GOD,
THEN SEEK HIM IN HIS WORD AND YOU WILL BE TRANSFORMED BY HIS TRUTH.