Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 30, 2019
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
This is one of my favorite verses. When you think about it, it’s totally mind-blowing.
The Perfect One who formed the world, created galaxies, butterflies, babies, otters, bears, mountains, rivers, and blue jays wanted to speak to people, so He wrote a love letter.
Present. Everywhere. All at once.
This God wrote a love letter to sinful, imperfect people like you and me because He loves us with lavish love. (1 John 3:1) He made men His scribes because He wanted to bridge the expanse between Himself and the people He created so He could share His story that would change, transform, and save our lives.
God’s love letter is powerful. It’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. It has the power to equip us for every good work. God’s Word fixes, mends, and repairs. It rights what was bent and broken. It’s beautiful. It’s powerful. It’s divine. Indeed, the Bible is everything Timothy said.
But there’s a problem.
This side of heaven, the devil delights in twisting the words in God’s love letter. He wants you and me to see the Lord’s correcting as condemnation. He wants us to believe we don’t really need to follow His training and teaching because we know better. He wants to convince us that righteousness is something we have to earn. And, he wants us to think we can’t be equipped.
Which brings me to an encouragement: As you read the Bible, read it with the compassion of Christ in mind. Does your perspective represent the Savior’s heart? Do you see Him, even as you are taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained as loving, kind, and compassionate? Do you see Him as a tender guide, gentle, and humble in heart? (Matthew 11:29). Or, do you see Him as harsh, and punishing?
If your perspective does not align with the sacrificial heart of the sacrificial Savior, then you are seeing incorrectly.
He loves you so much that He wrote a very long love letter to you—and He died on the cross to back up His words.
Lord, thank you for your love letter to me. Help me to believe every word and to live by it so that my life is transformed in every good way. Amen.
Are there any words God has spoken through His Word that you aren’t believing? Talk with Jesus about it today, confess your unbelief, and receive His truth.
God wrote a love letter to imperfect people so we might embrace His perfect, lavish love. #WisdomHunters #God’sWord
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