‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.’ Matthew 24:35 NIV
One of the first books to come off the printing press when it was invented was the Bible. And it’s still the world’s best-selling book. An anonymous author has written: ‘It contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the fate of sinners, and the happiness of believers. It is a light to direct you, food to nourish you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveller’s road map, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s weapon, and the player’s game plan. It’s a mine of incredible wealth, and a river of genuine joy. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Christ is its grand subject, your good its design, and the glory of God its end. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practise it to be spiritually healthy. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully. Let it fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your steps. It is given to you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and judge those who trifle with its sacred contents.’
The Bible is ‘the word of our God [which] endures forever.’ (Isaiah 40:8 NIV) Most of us respect the Bible; the trouble is we don’t read it daily and put it into practice. After hearing a discussion on various translations of the Bible, one man said: ‘I prefer my mother’s translation, because she translated it into everyday life.’
Is your belief translated into action? ‘You believe…? Good! Even the demons believe that―and shudder.’ (James 2:19 NIV) Godly belief requires action, not just mental assent.
SoulFood: 1 Chr 19:1–23:20, Mark 4:26–41, Ps 119:57–64, Prov 21:7–9
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023