walk in the word
Category: God’s Word
The big question in the day and age in which we live is: What is something good for? People aren’t interested so much in what it is or how it got here; they want to know if it has any practical value. Does it work? Will it help?
Some people ask, “What is the Bible good for?” That’s a fair question, and I believe very strongly that God’s Word is up to the challenge. God doesn’t shrink back in any way and go, “Oh boy. I hope you can find some useful things in My Word.” Not at all. The Bible is sufficient. It is 100% accurate in all that it asserts, and it contains all truth essential for human happiness.
You might be saying, “Hang on for a second. Is the Bible a book about science? Does the Bible supersede studies on anthropology and psychology and sociology? I mean, what kind of book is this exactly? It’s not a cook book, right? It’s not a car repair manual. What do you mean when you say the Bible has all of the information that we really need? What do you mean when you say that the Bible is sufficient?”
First, the Bible is accurate. If it speaks to an issue, you can be certain that what it says is true. So when someone is out studying or digging or experimenting and sees some things that make him think he’s discovered a “truth” that contradicts the Bible, he’s wrong. He’d better go back and study some more. Many times people have thought, “We’ve figured it out! Here’s something in the Bible that we can prove false.” Then years later they’re like, “Oops!” So I’m standing by the truth: The Bible is 100% accurate in all that it asserts.
Second, the Bible contains all truth essential for human happiness. Now I’m not saying that all truth is in the Bible. I often hear people say things like,
“The Bible has all the answers.”
“The Bible is sufficient for every problem a person faces.”
“The Bible has all the information that we need.”
That sounds right. I mean, I certainly don’t want to be guilty of downplaying the impact of God’s Word. But 2 + 2 = 4 is not anywhere in the Bible. There are lots of true things that are not in the Bible.
We believe (I hope you believe) that the Bible contains all the truth essential for human happiness. Man has never discovered a single piece of information that is essential for human happiness apart from God’s Word. Oh, some helpful things maybe—if you plant your tulips this way, they’ll grow bigger. Very helpful, thank you, but not essential. Every piece of essential information is in God’s Word, because He loves us. He doesn’t want us to be without anything that we need to experience life to its fullest.
So if you’re still wondering what the Bible is good for, read what David wrote in Psalm 19:7-9:
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
Would you like your soul restored? Do you need wisdom? How would you like to have a deep, abiding joy in your heart? All of these things are found in God’s Word. It is sufficient; it is accurate; it has everything you need to be truly happy.
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