We face so many challenges in life sometimes we wonder where we will go for help and answers. If a loving Creator made us then He also provides us with the guidebook to answer those challenges. That book is the Bible.
What does the Bible have to offer me? Everything. It offers every one of us the answers we need.
Proverb 23:23 Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
James 1:21-27 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. (24) For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. (25) But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (26) If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. (27) Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
The Groundwork Must be Laid. The Bible can’t work in the way God has intended it to do if the proper foundation hasn’t been laid so that we can grow from it. James talks about laying that foundation in James 1:21. We must be willing to put away sin because it is our greatest problem. That enables us to prepare our hearts and minds to turn toward God and gain His wisdom. Sin always keeps us from following after God. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
What is your greatest need in life? For all of the challenges we face, salvation is our greatest need and God meets it (John 3:16). The Word of God offers the guidance and instructions so that you know how to please God and find salvation. We face the consequences of sin, both ours and others’. The way we face it is by knowing the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
The Word motivates Me. James 1:22 talks about doing the things we know are right and not just knowing what we should do. When we find the hope, salvation, and instruction of the Bible, we then have a responsibility to act upon it. James 2:17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. When the world tries to drag us back into old sinful ways, we have the Word of God to motivate us to be strong. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The Word Improves Me. Wouldn’t it be nice to get ready one morning, fix your hair and follow your routine to look nice and have it last the rest of your life? In the same way, we must also be diligent in improving ourselves spiritually and reading the Word of God daily is the key. Heb 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, (12) so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
There are many other ways in which the Bible helps us to be better: better spouses, children, workers…
Galatians 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
What would the world be like if we all tried to do good to each other? The Bible just might be the missing piece to your puzzle.