How can the Bible be relevant when it is thousands of years old?
The world dismisses the Bible as an ancient book filled with stories that are so far removed from our current time that makes it irrelevant for the modern man. But God’s word is living and active. And even if it speaks of people who lives thousands of years ago, the principles God wants His people to live by still holds even today.
ACTION POINT: Has there been a point in your life when you doubted the Scripture? It’s authenticity? It’s authority? What caused you to doubt it?
As a record of history, people and events mentioned in the Bible are cross-referenced in other historical books. For the nation of Israel, they trace back their ancestry to the time of Abraham, and their nation when David was king. Many archeological discoveries in the past half century has helped prove the veracity of Biblical stories.
But the Bible is not just a historical account. Christianity’s theological foundation is embedded in its pages. The Bible has the answers for how the universe was created along with everything that we see. It holds the answer for a person’s salvation and even eternal redemption. Every command that outlines God’s relationship with His people is outlined in Scripture.
Aside from being a historical account and a theological foundation, it holds a wealth of knowledge that is able to guide people in their relationships, finances, governance and every aspect of human existence.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
Action Point: Have you considered the Bible as the greatest source of information, theology and practical wisdom for living your life? Is there another principle or standard which is not from the Bible that you adhere to? How would you begin to shift your standards so that the Bible becomes what God intended it for your life?
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for making the Bible accessible to us today. We acknowledge it’s relevance in our lives as a record of actual historical facts, the definitive source of theological truth and even a wealth of practical wisdom. Teach us to diligently read Your Word, appreciate it like our daily food and allow it to change us as we obey what is written in it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.