A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Bible (Part 1)”
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-15.
What do we seek from words? Affirmation. Wisdom. Encouragement. Hope. These are the reasons that we turn to friends, right? We turn to them because we want to hear something from them. It seems like we are always turning toward others to hear what they have to say.
One place we often forget to turn to is the Scriptures. When we look to the Bible, we find everything we need to hear. We are corrected, encouraged, instructed, taught, affirmed, and assured.
The Scriptures aren’t just empty or shallow words written years ago by some good teachers. They are words delivered by the breath of God. They don’t just offer a general wisdom for working through life or thoughts to lift up our spirits or pithy statements that can stick with you for the day. The words in the Bible can change us. Paul wrote in his Letter to Timothy that God’s Word is wisdom for salvation!
We are people in need of a Savior, but the question is how do we know that? We know it through words—words that tell a story with the power to bring life. The Bible tells the gospel story of the Son of God coming to earth—the Word made flesh. It tells the story of how he lived, defeating temptation and showing power over the wisdom of men and the natural world. It tells the story of how He died for us and was declared the Son of God through His resurrection. It tells the story of how people who have believed this story have been changed forever. By believing the gospel story, salvation and life transformation can come to us too.
God created the world through words. He saved the world through the Word made flesh. And He tells that story through words. These words have the power to save.
Pause and Reflect
• What are you looking for in God’s Word?
• Is finding wisdom for salvation enough?