This week, as we continue our Believe series, we come to the Bible. What do you believe about the Bible? If you were to go around asking this question to random strangers, you might receive quite the variety of answers. Some would say that it is a book that just teaches some good moral lessons, some might argue that it is old-fashioned, outdated, and really doesn’t matter to someone living in modern society. You might have others who think that it’s a book of fables, tall tales, and images that convey some deeper meanings. You would have others that would say it’s the Word of God, the carrier of ultimate truth that sets the standard and worldview of a Christian. Some may have little to no experience with the pages of the Bible and yet others may have read it cover to cover and have studied it their whole life. What would your answer be? What do you believe about the Bible? And what difference does it make in your life?
While the Bible is quite the combination of history, stories, moral lessons, rules, standards, imagery, and poetry, what if you considered the entire Bible put all together as one giant letter addressed to you? Have you ever thought of that before? That the whole of the Old and New Testaments are God’s designed, handwritten letter delivered and given to you. It’s got your name and your address on it. It’s ready to be opened and read by your eyes and it doesn’t stop there. It rushes into your heart and soul and impacts and influences everything about you. What in this letter would cause such an astonishing reaction? This letter contains the very truth of the universe, the very words that give you assurance and hope, peace and joy, purpose and understanding. This letter tells you about the God who made all that you see and experience, who loves you despite your rebellion against Him, and the amazing reality that He pursues you and longs for you to be His child. It’s quite the journey.
The Bible, this letter from God, invites us to open its pages and read, learn, and grow in our understanding, our appreciation, and our knowledge of who we are, who God is, what He has done, and what He continues to do in our lives. It’s like that letter that you continuously go back to re-read, to be encouraged, to be amazed, inspired, and awakened to how much you matter to the Creator of the Universe.
From one reader to another,