The Word of God is sustenance for a fallen world. So needed, yet so maligned. There is perhaps no other book so often misquoted, misused and for many, misunderstood. Some of that is deliberate. There are many who seek to distort the Word and its Truths to advance an agenda, on both sides of important issues. In a sound bite world, getting people to pay attention to something that is longer than a few pages or a few words (excluding pornography, the National Inquirer and Entertainment Weekly) is a very difficult task. This allows those who wish to spout a phrase or two of the Bible, using those choice words usually out of context to support some cause or another. However the Bible was not meant to be consumed in random parts.
The Bible is an interwoven story, inspired by God and written by almost two dozen prophets and disciples living thousands of years part, in different cultures and times, yet telling the same story. For apologists the proof of the Bible’s eternal truths are not the alleged random inconsistencies (there are none not explainable) but the commonality of the message over such a time frame and with contributions from such a diverse group of writers. Yet one cannot understand this, and truly gain knowledge of God’s message for us as his creation, without reading the Bible cover to cover. And not once but several times. The history of the Jewish people, God’s chosen race, the prophecy of the coming of Christ, the good news of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection, and the hope and faith of the disciples and saints who followed. These are the elements of s story that answers the questions, Why are we here? and What is my purpose in life? that are on the hearts, minds and lips of every living man, woman and child.
God offers us a banquet of love, hope, inspiration, guidance and prophesied events yet to come, and the table is set. When we nibble here and there, leaving the table for days, weeks and months on end, and do not partake of this sumptuous feast lovingly prepared for us the way it was intended. In doing so we miss out of the delectable treat we are all instinctively longing for each day.
Feel down? Pick up the Bible Not sure what to do? Pick up the Bible Having trouble at home, work or with friends? Pick up the Bible Need help? Pick up the Bible.
All we ever have needed is right in front of us. Don’t settle for the abridged, distorted, or reconstructed version. Go for the gusto…place the good book next to your bed and start and end each day reading it from front to back, as little or as much as you can handle. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it all at first….it is the whole experience, several times over, that will create an indelible mark in your life and lead to the type of transforming change you need and want in your life. You see the Bible is how God talks to us, and if you are not plugged in, you will never hear what he has to tell you let alone understand his message for your life.