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To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.
Today’s Bible Reading:
2 Timothy 2:22–3:17
Listen to the Lord
Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT): “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
Reflections from Scripture:
We know we should read our Bibles. That is a given. But, why?
Let’s just go ahead and ask the question: Is the time we spend reading God’s Word and studying it each day going to produce a benefit worth the time we invest?
Great questions! Second Timothy 3:16-17 more than sufficiently answer them.
Let’s take our Verses one phrase at a time:
“All Scripture is inspired by God”
Not only does this tell us that the Bible is God’s literal words, but it also tells us that the Bible is a living book. Just as God breathed into Adam and he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7), so God-breathed out the Scriptures. So, friend, your Bible is not a dead, lifeless book. Instead, it is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12)!
This means that all of Scripture is beneficial to us. While all Scripture is not equally profitable (for instance – genealogies), every single thing that God put into His Word is for our benefit and our good. Sometimes, we just have to study and dig into the text to see its profitability.
“to teach us what is true”
The Bible tells us what to believe.
“to make us realize what is wrong in our lives”
The Bible rebukes us when we are in sin in our thinking or behavior. The goal is not to wallow in defeat and guilt but to respond in confession and repentance.
“it corrects us when we are wrong”
The Bible tells us how to make things right when we have been wrong in our beliefs or actions.
“teaches us to do what is right”
The Bible tells us how to act so that we live a life that more and more reflects the glory of Jesus.
“God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
If we get into our Bible so that our Bible gets into us, the Holy Spirit will use it to equip us to do and be anything God desires for us. If we are to live this one life in such a way that we hear Jesus say on the Day of Judgment, “Well done!,” then it will be because we were reading our Bibles and conforming to its teaching.
Friend, your Bible is indispensable to spiritual growth. You simply cannot be a Jesus-follower without spending much time in the Word. So, if you do not already have a Bible reading plan that gets you into the Bible each day, why not consider committing to that today.
But, don’t just quickly read your Bible. Reflect on it. Study it. Maybe even write about what you have read. Writing will help God’s Word sink in even more deeply into your mind and heart.
Regardless of what steps you take to get God’s Word into you, it is well worth it, my friend!
Spend Time in Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You so much for giving me Your Word. I am reminded of how vitally important my Bible is to live the life You have given to me. Help me with renewed vigor to spend time daily in Your Word so that Your Word can get into me. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.
Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.