All that God wants you to know is perfectly laid out for you in the Bible. For example, just who is the Bible for, the super religious or just your pastor perhaps? “I am teaching you today – yes, you – so you will trust the Lord” (Proverbs 22:19). Okay, but being so old, is it still relevant? “For the word of God is alive and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). How often should you read? “Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8). Perhaps you’re over exaggerating just a tad? “These instructions are not empty words – they are your life!” (Deuteronomy 32:47)
Most values are taught through upbringing and then we go through life trying to reason if things are “good” or “bad”, or even if we should care at all. The problem with this is we simply don’t have the ability. You see, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord, “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). Fortunately, we can adopt God’s thoughts and value systems and it’s clearly laid out for us in the book that must become a constant, the Bible. Abraham Lincoln (Honest Abe) insisted, “But for this book, we could not know right from wrong.”
Clearly, the advice from God here is pretty difficult to overlook. Personally, I take childlike faith probably too far, buying the translation next to the one with coloring pictures (NLT). The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun; a simple understanding of the Bible is a necessity to have a fully fulfilled life; no other speakers or teachers can compare or ever will. I read it every morning before my day starts and include one Proverb chapter a day and, conveniently, there are 31 – seemingly one for every day of the month. The wise people I know who have developed this discipline would not trade that time of day for anything. After all, what’s not to love about the source of all comfort – 2 Corinthians 1:3, telling you how much He loves you – yes, you.
What are some of your thoughts about the Bible?