All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness ~ 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible is the most important Book we’ll ever read. It contains God’s message to us about salvation and His promises to us as His children. His Word gives us sustenance and strength for our daily challenges and assurance that the trials of this world, no matter how difficult, are only temporary.
It contains our unchanging code of conduct.
The Bible contains God’s commands for us which are eternal and never changing. Most of us of know of His 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1–17, Deuteronomy 5:4–21) and they are as relevant and important today as when God wrote them for Moses after He led the Israelites out of Egypt.
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ affirms our need to continue to obey these same commandments. When Jesus was asked how people can inherit eternal life, He said “..if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments”(Matthew 19: 17). Jesus then outlines some of them: “You shall not murder“, “You shall not commit adultery“, “You shall not steal“, “You shall not bear false witness“, “Honor your father and your mother“, and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself“(Matthew 19:18-19). Jesus further affirms our need to continue to follow these same commandments when He says in Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” and He reinforces this in Matthew 5:18 by saying “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished”.
It contains God’s promises of comfort and strength
The Bible contains God’s promises to us that He is always with us, no matter what problems, hurts or difficulties we may face. In Isaiah 41:10, He assures us “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand“. In Psalms 147:3 He promises to heal us when we are brokenhearted and that He will bind up all our wounds. And in Matthew 28:20, God says one of the most comforting things that gives me a world of reassurance when He says.“I am with you always, to the end of the age”.
God reminds us of who we are
God’s Word also confirms who we are. He tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). That, in fact we are made in His image (Genesis 1:27). Our Heavenly Father holds us dear and loves us with an everlasting, immeasurable love. In Isaiah 43:4, He says “you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you”. He demonstrates His loves for us by saving us from sin, taking the punishment that we as sinners deserve. Rather than that we be separated from our Heavenly Father because of sin, God in the form of Man as Jesus Christ endured indescribable pain and humiliation by dying for us on the cross so He can save us from sin. God gives us His gift of grace to salvation, so that for all who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and as Christians choose to believe and obey God’s word, He will make of us “..a people for His own possession..” Titus 2:14.
It gives us an insight into the heart of our Heavenly Father.
Importantly the Bible gives us an insight into the heart of our Heavenly Father. Although we can never fully comprehend the depth and greatness of God… in Isaiah 55:8 He tells us “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine”…. the Bible nevertheless gives us insight into His nature and the qualities which He holds dear. For example we learn that in Acts 13:22, God describes King David as a man after His own heart “After removing Saul, He made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” The Book of Psalms, one of my favorite Books in the Bible, contains King David’s poetry and music and here, along with the other Books of the Bible, we can learn a bit more about David and why he was called a man after God’s heart. And God the infinite Ruler of the universe called Abraham His friend….what wonder and honor! The One who created things beyond our imagination, for whom words could never adequately describe, so great is He….would call Abraham His friend. Again, in the Bible we can learn about Abraham’s unwavering faith and see how important this quality is to God.
Beloved verses from the Bible
Every part of the Bible is important and should be read in context, reverently and after prayer to our Father for guidance. Diligent and faithful study of God’s Word is important to ensure we lead healthy, godly lives. There are certain passages from the Bible which give me particular comfort and strength especially when I am going through difficult periods in life. I have set out some of them below and I hope you will also find them helpful and comforting. I will add periodically add to these and hope that, combined with regular study of God’s Word, they will help you become more spiritually nourished.
~ God bless you.