Proverbs 23 5-23-19

What is your foundation? From where do you seek wisdom? Your heavenly Father wants to give you His wisdom. Trust Him; He knows what He’s talking about!

[23] Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.

Many of us learned a children’s song that conveys our childlike faith:

“Jesus loves me, this I know

For the Bible tells me so.”

For those who believe that the Bible is God’s revelation to mankind, the fact that it’s in the Bible is enough for us. For those who have doubts or do not have enough information to believe, we must elaborate for them why we accept the Bible as factual, authoritative, and trustworthy. For more information about the history of the Bible, see the series, “The Bible For Grownups” on youtube.

We accept God’s words because we have faith. That faith is based upon the promises of Jesus, both those that we have experienced and those that we look forward to experiencing. CHILDLIKE FAITH IS NOT BLIND; IT IS TRUSTING IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. We don’t have to understand everything in order to believe. In fact, Jesus told us that we must have faith like a child in order to be His followers (Matthew 18:1-4) Consider:

  • Has God run the universe without you since the beginning?
  • Will He continue to run it His way after your life is over?
  • Have you trusted Jesus and His substitutionary sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins?
  • Do you believe that trusting in Jesus re-establishes our relationship with the Father?
  • Do you accept His adoption of you into His family?

If we can believe these things unto salvation, then why is it so hard to accept that God can speak to His servants, have His message written down, preserve it throughout the ages, and then speak to us through it every time we read it?

Believing that He’s big enough to maintain the integrity of His own Word, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about God’s words to us.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, [17] so that the man [person] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Paul was referring to what we call the Old Testament (the New Testament hadn’t been written, yet). Here’s what we know about the Bible that Paul knew:

Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

God made sure that His words were written down and preserved. They were written over 1400 years, by 40+ authors, in three different languages, from 70+ walks of life and several countries, all with one message of love and culminating in the Coming, life, death, burial, resurrection, and future Return of Jesus Christ.

Here are some Fun-Facts:

  • The Scriptures are Light (Psalm 119:105), Food (Deut. 8:3), and Water (John 4:14)  to the soul.
  • Jesus refers to God’s words as Truth (John 17:14).
  • It is God’s words to us (1 Thessalonians 2:13 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
  • We are to preach God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:2).
  • We are purified by His Word (1 Peter 1:23), and it stands forever (v 25).
  • God conveyed His words via His messengers (2 Peter 1:21).
  • The Word of God is living and active; His Spirit flows through His words (Hebrews 4:12-13).

To read God’s Word and have Him speak to our hearts: That is the defining characteristic of Christianity!

Let’s read to know HIM!

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