We are all on a life-long journey. The Bible is a dynamic book. The author of Hebrews says, “…the word of God is living and powerful…: (NKJV) “…the word of God is alive and active…” (NIV)
It is the most read book in the world and one website indicated it is also the most reread book. It is not a book we read just once; we are on a life-long journey.
When I started reading the Bible 30-plus years ago, I remember praying and asking God to be gentle with me, and then, truth-be-told, I read the Table of Contents every morning for a week. (It was safe).
God’s Word is inspired and is one tool God uses to teach us.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
What is our standard of righteousness? Sadly many people use the world, our culture, as their standard of right and wrong. Our culture has shifted so far from the Bible that we now have same-sex marriages and couples living together as the norm. Culture is not our standard of righteousness – it keeps changing. God’s Word does not change and is our standard of righteousness.
In college I was having a conversation with a priest, the campus chaplain. He told me that sex between two people that loved each other was okay in today’s world (and that was… gulp… 32 years ago). I was shocked though I was not yet a believer but I was sure that was not right.
If we do not keep an unchanging standard of righteousness, slowly and subtly we will veer off course.
God’s Word teaches us about His righteousness – the very righteousness imputed to believers at the cross.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
God’s word teaches us. Do you have a teachable spirit today?
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Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.