Text for Meditation:
2 Timothy 3:14—4:5
Verse for the Day:
2 Timothy 3: 16,17
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Scriptures shapes our life and faith. As we engage the Scriptures, we encounter, dialogue with and experience God. In our text, Timothy is challenged to maintain a close relationship with the Word of God. What Paul is saying is that the fundamental characteristic of Scripture–what makes these writings ‘holy’–is the fact that God inspired them, that they have their ultimate origin with God himself. Now this fundamental characteristic of being God-inspired makes the Bible ‘useful’ – ‘practical,’ and ‘beneficial.’ The Bible has vital practical relevance for our lives.
This relevance is seen in four areas: teaching, reproof, correcting, and training in right living. We are to thirst for truth, and hunger for righteousness, as the very cause and basis for our reading the Bible. We are to let the Scriptures be written on our hearts, to be formed by them, rather than to treat them as a book which must never be opened because it is too sacred and we are too unworthy.
When we read the Holy Scriptures we need to humble ourselves because God can only teach, correct and instruct a heart humble and ready to receive his Word. The humble believer is ever looking to understand what God wants of them. We hear the Word in order to obey, to bear fruit, to be an example to others who can then themselves listen to God and know how to obey by observing the life of the saints who model holiness to the world. Hearing God’s Word in Scriptures is accomplished when we allow God to work in our hearts, minds and lives. We become agents of God’s love, and work to make this world a better place.
In a world of great uncertainty, many believers are grasping for an assurance of salvation, an infallible certainty about what the Scriptures mean. In doing so, they sometimes rob the Scriptures of their vitality and depth: that they speak across the ages, across languages, across social borders, and across denominational barriers to all the people of the world. They do speak to us personally, but their purpose and meaning is not limited to or by our understanding of them. “ How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge!” (Romans 11:33). It is our own insecurities that cause us to fear the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God, and to try to tame them and conform them to something we understand, and perhaps believe we can control.
Instead, we must read the Bible to ignite that light of faith in our hearts, which will guides us through the darkness into the Light, into Christ, who is the Light of the world and through him we will be able to bring many in the world into the Light. Amen!