His thoughts, His ways
why i believe the bible
8 My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-11
So what do you tell people when they ask, “You don’t really believe all that stuff in the Bible, do you?” Of all the arguments you can use to defend your faith, here’s one that no one can deny: “I believe the Bible because it accomplishes God’s purpose in my life.”
As God says in Isaiah 55:11, “[My Word] shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Have you ever felt totally convicted as you listened to God’s Word being taught? Has the Spirit of God ever used his Word like a beam of light, revealing your specific thoughts and motives? I could tell you about times God’s Word has worked me over. Or, has the Bible ever delivered a peace that transcends all understanding? Has it given you strength?
I wish you could see what I see from the front of my church every week as I teach God’s Word. I look across the faces of people gripped by God’s eternal truth. Tears stream down their cheeks. Some can hardly look up because they’re under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word is always effective in doing the job that he intends it to do.
I am convinced beyond any doubt that the Bible is inspired by God, without error in its teachings, trustworthy in its authority, immeasurable in influence, personal in application, life-changing in power, and diverse in its unity. This reality compels me to celebrate it and obey it. Why? Because I’ve experienced it.
Starting today, make a greater personal investment in God’s Word. You’ve got the time—just set your priorities. Make it the passion of your life to discover what it means to delight in the law of the Lord (Psalm 119:77).
And the next time someone asks you, “Do you believe the Bible?” proclaim your confidence in God and the book he has written by answering, “I’m glad you asked . . .” —James MacDonald walkintheword.com
seeking: Father, what Scripture has lifted my heart today? How will I praise you for your wonderful Word?
responding: Am I allowing Scripture to penetrate my life and change me? • Does the time and effort I put into Bible reading and study reflect my faith in it as the Word of God?
Lord, forgive me for allowing other things to quench my thirst, when your Word is a spring of living water. Teach me what it means to delight in your law.
following: God’s Word is always effective in accomplishing God’s purposes.