Ever get STUCK in the Scriptures? I don’t mean that you’re reading and forget where you are. I’m referring to the whole concept of the believer and his or her Bible.
Some of us view the Bible incorrectly. We might think of it as a holy horoscope or as a religious rabbit’s foot or as a fundamentalist fortune cookie. We use it like a magic charm or a book of witty sayings.
But how does God’s Word present itself? First of all, it is a hidden treasure. The Psalmist says, “I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches” (Ps. 119:14). He also says, ““The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” (Ps. 119:72).
Second, the Word of God is the believer’s food. Job 23:12 tells us that he “treasured the words of [God’s] mouth more than [his] daily food.” Jeremiah says, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” (Jer. 15:16). Hebrews 5:12-14 has much to say to us about moving from milk to meat in our spiritual diet!
Third, the Bible is a collection of case studies! Romans 15:4 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Wise is the Christian who studies … Joseph on the sovereignty of God (Gen. 45, 50), David on the steps leading to great sin (2 Sam. 11), Nathan on the steps in restoring a fallen believer (2 Sam. 12), Balaam on his matter-of-fact discussion with his donkey on doing the will of God (Num. 22), Three Jewish young men (Shadrach, Mechach and Abednego) on not committing idolatry no matter how many times the pagan king strikes up the band (Dan. 3), King Saul on God’s definition of true obedience (“Goats? I don’t hear any goats!” I Sam. 15), Isaiah on God’s hatred of empty ritual (Is. 1), Habakkuk on the absurdity of idolatry (Hab. 2), Solomon on the emptiness of life without God (the book of Ecc.), etc.
Fourth, the Word of God is the autobiography of God! We don’t mean that everything about God is told us in the Bible (the Bible’s truth about God is sufficient, but not comprehensive). God does not “mature” or “age” or even “learn.” We do mean that — a. The Bible discloses the mind and heart of God. b. We learn of His passion for lost people (Mt. 23:37). c. We learn of His care for His creation (Ps. 145; Acts 14). d. We learn of His joy and delight in those He has redeemed (Ps. 147; Is. 62).
Fifth, the Bible is the divine agenda for the believer! We are to become like Christ! Jesus prays in John 17: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” We are to become useful to His Kingdom! And this leads us to look once again at our main text:
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3)
Notice that God wants His children to be useful! Each believer needs (at times) to be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in righteousness! The writer Herrick Johnson asks, “If God is a reality, and the soul is a reality, and you are an immortal being, what are you doing with your Bible shut?” Now go dive into His Word!