walk in the word
Category: God’s Word
“The grass withers and the flower fades away, but the word of our God shall stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8
What do you tell people when they ask, “You don’t really believe all that stuff in the Bible, do you?”
The more you rub shoulders with people who have no concept of real Christianity, the more your faith will be challenged, even your sanity questioned.
I’m sure if you’ve ever tried to explain your confidence in God’s Word to somebody you’ve heard these lame excuses.
The truth is, knowing the facts about God’s Word will not only increase your confidence in His book, but it will also give you solid answers for your skeptical friends. God told the prophet Isaiah to “Cry out. . . The grass withers and the flower fades away, but the word of our God shall stand forever” (40: 8). That means that long after skeptics are gone, God’s Word will still be standing.
The more I study the Bible, the more I am absolutely convinced that God did write a book. No one can refute that the Bible is the most preeminent book in existence. It has traveled more highways, walked more paths, knocked on more doors and spoken to more people in their mother tongue than any book the world has ever known, can ever know, or will ever know.
Some would say, “Sure, the Bible is a great religious book, but what about the Koran or the Book of Mormon?” I love what this scholarly dude, Montero Williams (not to be confused with Montel Williams) said about Eastern religion after 42 years of studied comparison with the Bible. He said, “Pile them if you will on the left side of your study table, but place your Bible on the right side by itself alone. There is a wide gulf between the Bible and the so-called sacred books of the East which cannot be bridged over by any science or religious thought.”
Why do you think so many people hate God’s Word? From Roman emperors to communist leaders to college professors, everyone seems to take it upon themselves to attack this book. If for no other reason, aren’t you at least curious why this book is so hated? I’ll tell you—the Bible calls people to their true accountability before the Creator of the universe and very few of us are willing to submit.
Man will never be able to destroy the Bible because Almighty God wrote it and He is taking care of it. We could go on citing fascinating historical twists and recent archeological finds that prove the Bible’s credibility and indestructibility, but let’s just say this: when you hold the Bible in your hands, you hold a personal message from the loving and living God. Yes, a loving God, provided we receive His message and choose to take Him seriously.
People who have never read the Bible or have not read it with an open heart think that it’s contradictory, outdated, and irrelevant. Like a car repair manual from the 1920’s or a computer textbook from the 1950’s. But you and I know differently.
Have you ever sat under the teaching of God’s Word and felt totally convicted? Has the Spirit of God ever used His Word like a knife, pointing out your specific thoughts and motives? I could tell you about times God’s Word has worked me over. The real question is are we allowing Scripture to penetrate our lives and change us? If you can say yes, then you know the power I’m talking about.
On the flip side, as you’ve pondered God’s Word have you felt an inexpressible comfort? A peace that transcends understanding? When you were hurting or discouraged, did certain passages become clearer with new insight? Did it strengthen you? Could man have written such a wonderful comfort as this? I don’t think so!
I wish you could see what I see from the front of my church every weekend as I teach God’s Word. I look across the faces of people gripped by God’s eternal truth. Tears stream down their cheeks. Some can hardly look up because they’re under the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word is always effective in doing the job that He intended it to do. It never “returns void,” Isaiah 55:11 promises. Every time you as a mother or father, pastor, small group leader or children’s ministry worker teach Scripture, God says, “You think you’re speaking, but what is really happening is that I’m sending forth My Word.”
Why do I believe the Bible? Because I’m convinced beyond any doubt that it is divinely inspired in its totality, inerrant in doctrine, infallible in authority, immeasurable in influence, personal in application, regenerative in power, diverse in its unity, and infinitely trustworthy. Why? Because God wrote it. Do you sense the immensity of that truth? Starting right now, how about we choose to make a greater personal investment in God’s Word? You’ve got the time—just set your priorities. Commit to read, study, and ponder more of God’s timeless message . . . and then go live it! Make it the passion of your life to discover what it means to delight in the law of the Lord (Psalm 119:77). And the next time someone asks you, “Why do you believe the Bible?” proclaim your confidence and faith in God and the book He has written by answering, “I am glad you asked . . .”
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