But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 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 3:14–17 (NLT) (italics and bold mine)
I can still hear my professor’s commanding voice, “God’s Word is God’s will and God’s will is God’s Word. You either believe it or you don’t!” And in that moment something deep inside me changed forever. As a believer most of my life, I had misunderstood the importance of Scripture, until that day. I came home that afternoon and picked up my old, tattered Bible. I held it in my hands, blew off the dust from it’s cover and prayed, “Father, this whole time…”
I now love the Word of God. I study it regularly, devouring its pages as much as I can. When it’s time to stop, my heart aches for more. I love it when my beliefs prove contrary to Scripture, because I know change will soon come. My pride revealed again! Yet, this time I lean on God’s Word for guidance. I love God’s promises of forgiveness and unconditional love. Perhaps that is why I get so bent out of shape when people disregard Scripture.
It’s really the only time—the only time I don’t give in and surrender my belief about the Bible. Whenever someone gets passive about Scripture or they change it to make it fit their life as opposed to living their life by its standards, something inside me snaps. I get ready to fight for what I know to be holy. Not that God needs me to defend His Word. No, He speaks for Himself, but as I continue to understand the significant gift God gave me, I want to guard it with my words, my heart and my life.
How can we not? As it has given us comfort in times of hardships. It protects us from making foolish mistakes and even when we don’t fully understand the power of God’s Word, God still whispers, “I love you,” “You’re important to me,” “You matter.”
Be careful to never surrender the principles of the inspired Word of God. Read it for guidance. God’s Word is God’s will and God’s will for you is in His Word. Do you believe it? When’s the last time you read about His love for you? Remember He desires to encourage you, comfort you and prepare you for what He has called you to do.