By Renee Schneider
I grew up in a very strong Catholic family and we did all the “works” of the Catholic Church. Yet, I grew up so spiritually empty. I met a Christian woman, as a young adult, who invited me to read the Bible and discuss it with her. I had so many questions. Questions of what I had been taught as a Catholic and what I was reading in Scripture. I finally made an appointment with a priest and sat down with my list of questions. After several hours of him explaining the Catholic writings to me I realized that if I was going to live by anything I wanted to live by what the Bible said and not what a man said. The Bible HAD to be the final authority in my life.
The Bible speaks truth. It gives us direction and instruction. It allows us to see God and see who we are.
In Hebrews 1:1-2 the author says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, who He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.” Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Why are we not hearing God if He is speaking to us? To hear God’s voice we have to be listening. We have to be intentional in our time with Him. We need to slow down, stop and be quiet. God speaks in a still small voice, “And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” (1 Kings 19:12). When we read or listen to the Bible, we begin to learn God’s voice. The Holy Spirit speaks and it touches that part of us that yearns for Him.
As we hear God’s voice, He begins a work in us that will go on until He brings us home. God uses the Bible to correct and give us instruction. “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable to teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The best gift we can give our family, friends, neighbors and world is the knowledge of God’s Word – the Bible. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 and 11:18-19 tells us, “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hands and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” It is especially important to share the Bible with our children. They need to see us reading and studying God’s Word. When helping them through life we need to point them to what the Bible says about loving Him and loving others.
Let me end with this, we need to be in the Bible every day, we need to be sharing the Bible with all those who come into our path.
The Bible is the only truth we have.
It is God’s love letter to us. The Bible is the final authority!