Wednesday – October 4, 2017 – How Useful is God’s Word?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Word of God is useful to the point that it speaks to the very essence of who we are. It works in the area of our behavior as well as our beliefs. It teaches us what is the right behavior in the first place (training in righteousness) and it corrects what is wrong with our current behavior (rebuking). It also corrects what is wrong with what we believe (correcting) and teaches us what we need to believe in the first place (teaching).
You can look at the usefulness of God’s Word in another way. It is like the difference between a trainer and a doctor. A trainer will develop a program of exercise that if you follow it, it will keep you from harming your body, while a doctor can heal your body when you don’t do the exercises the right way or refuse to exercise at all. It also heals when your body rebels because of living in a fallen world.
Finally, you can think of the usefulness of God’s Word as being both preventative as well as redemptive. The Word of God will prevent many of the problems in your life if you believe and do what it says but it will also redeem whatever you mess up in your life. Remember that no one is exempt from messing up in life, so we all need both the preventive and redemptive nature of the Scriptures.
You can’t get anymore useful than that.
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