READ: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for
salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. —2 Timothy 3:15
The year 2007 was labeled the “Year of
Living Deceptively” for South Korea, because of the country’s numerous
scandals involving fake academics and corrupt politicians. A survey of
340 professors selected the Chinese phrase “ja-gi-gi-in” (deceiving
yourself and others) to sum up the year.
It should not surprise
us to hear of deception like that. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy
3:13, “Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and
being deceived.” To deceive is to make others believe falsehood as
truth and accept wrong as right.
Our defense against deception is
to know God’s Word, for “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness” (v.16). Correction is to set right what is wrong, and instruction
is to make known what is right. God’s Word not only makes us aware of
wrongs, it also prompts and teaches us to do what is right.
your New Year’s resolution to walk rightly before God and others and to
be “thoroughly equipped for every good work”? (v.17). Then read and
apply God’s Word, asking the Lord to make you a person of integrity. —
When reading God’s Word, take special care
To find the rich treasures hidden there;
Give thought to each truth, each precept hear,
Then practice it well with godly fear. —Anon.
The more we meditate on Scripture, the more readily we’ll detect error.