THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
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.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
THE WORD: OUR TEACHER
When the railroads were first introduced to the U.S., some folks feared that they would be the downfall of the nation! Legend says Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, wrote a letter to President Andrew Jackson. Here’s an excerpt from the alleged letter dated January 31, 1829: As you may know, Mr. President, railroad carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by train engines which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.
Thankfully, public perception changed and so did transportation. We learned in the sermon that all of the Bible was inspired by God and is helpful to teach us and change us. Mike reminded us, according to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible teaches us what’s not right, what is right, how to get right and how to stay right. In essence, God speaks to us through the Bible in order to transform us.
Can you think of any areas where the Bible has changed your mind about something? Are there any beliefs that you currently hold that you think may be contrary to what the Bible teaches? If you believe the Bible is God’s word, why would you not be willing to change?
Thank God for being such a thorough teacher. Thank Him for loving you enough to change you for your good and for His glory.