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Have Faith in God’s Word

Thursday, May 7, 2009

by Dr. Paul Chappell

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”

Psalm 119:11–16

It is impossible to righteously govern the world without God and the Bible.
—George Washington

It is said that when the famous missionary Dr. David Livingstone started his trek across Africa he had 73 books in 3 packs, weighing 180 pounds. After the party had gone 300 miles, Livingstone was obliged to throw away some of the books because of the fatigue of those carrying his baggage. As he continued on his journey his library dwindled with the exhaustion of the men, until he had but one book left—his Bible.

If you had only one book you could read for the rest of your life, what book would you choose? Would you pick a self-help book to make you a better person? What about a survival book to help you in tight jams? Or perhaps a fiction book to keep your mind occupied? All those books have their purposes and can help different aspects of your life but only one Book will help you in every aspect of your life. That Book is the Bible.

The Bible has proven throughout history that it can withstand any test that is thrown at it. Men have tried to disprove it. When that didn’t work, they tried to destroy it. Their effort failed, so they tried changing it. They tried convincing people not to read it. As that effort failed, they resorted to persecuting people for believing its words. But through it all, God’s Word has stood the test of time and is still helping people today.

The reason the Bible has helped change lives throughout history is not the fact that God has preserved His Word. The reason people have been helped is because they believed God’s Word. They daily spent time in the Bible and believed the truths of it. There is nothing special about pages bound together between pieces of leather. What is special are the words contained on those pages—the very thoughts, stories, and words of God. God’s Word cannot help us if we are not daily spending time in it.

Do you realize the privilege you have to own a copy of the Bible? Men and women throughout history have died for the right to hold a copy of God’s Word. They have suffered persecution simply for the opportunity of reading God’s words to them. We should never take the Bible lightly!

God’s Word does have power to help you, but it will only help you as you daily take time to study it. Don’t view the Bible as just another book or merely an accessory to your Sunday wardrobe. These are the very words of God. There is no other book that can help you live a joyous, fulfilling life. There is no other book that can give you peace in the face of difficulty, calm in the face of fear, joy in the face of heartache, and contentment in the face of need. God’s Word changes lives and its words can transform even the most desolate of men to joyful Christians.

Do you have faith in the power of God’s Word? Your actions often prove your faith. Are you daily in God’s Word? Do you take time to search the Scriptures? Don’t take God’s Word for granted. It shouldn’t be merely another book; it should be your lifeline as a Christian. Take time right now to study the Bible. Take the verses listed in the Daily Bible Reading schedule below and read them, ponder them, and meditate on them throughout your day today.

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Daily Bible Reading
2 Kings 1-3 • Luke 24:1-35