Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
There are twists and turns on the road of life—most unexpected. In order to stay on course we need a handbook. That is exactly what we have been given by God. He has given us his Word in a handbook. He has given us the Bible.
If all of a sudden amidst thunder and lightening the skies parted and God came down from on high and personally handed you your own personalized Handbook on Life, would you read it? If your answer is “yes,” keep reading. If “no,” there is no need to continue reading this book. If God can’t get your attention I certainly can’t.
The reality is that in less dramatic fashion that is exactly what God has done. He has given us our own Handbook on Life—the Bible. Now, let’s not get into a scholarly debate of who put pen to paper in physically writing the Bible—Old Testament or New. Moreover, don’t get hung up on the historical accuracy of every biblical chapter and verse, or the many different versions and translations of the Bible. Those are all smoke screens to stop us from realizing that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is God’s Handbook on Life for us. Don’t complicate what is meant to be very simple. You don’t need a Bible expert to decipher what the Bible says. You just need to read and reflect.
The Bible is really an amazing book. Then again, what else would you expect from God? It provides direction. That’s why it is truly the Handbook on Life. No matter how many times I read the Bible I find clearer direction in my life.
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Don’t believe any of this? Read the Bible. It won’t bite. Or if you read the Bible but don’t see it this way, try reading the Bible differently.