by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
As I crawled into bed late Saturday night, I tried to clear my head of the day’s goings on. Normally, my mind would start to wander, and I’d find myself thinking about random things—something funny Julie said that day, something I forgot to buy at the grocery store, something I meant to tell my sister—but not this night. No, instead, I found myself singing a song I hadn’t heard for years—one that I’d learned in VBS (Vacation Bible School) as a child. Maybe you know it. Although I obviously can’t sing it for you (consider yourself blessed for that!), the words go like this: “The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The B-I-B-L-E.”
I found it rather odd that it was that song my brain chose to recall as I tried to drift off to sleep. And with that, I went to sleep. The next morning as Justice and I waited for his Sunday school class to begin, the teacher kicked on a CD of kids’ worship songs. Any guesses as to what the first song was? If you guessed “The B-I-B-L-E,” you’d be right. Coincidence? I think not. When something as random as that happens, I have no doubt in my mind that God is trying to tell me something. In this case, the message was pretty clear.
See, God has been speaking to me loud and clear over the past several weeks about the importance of His Word. I have seen time and time and time again how important it is for Christians to remain grounded in Scripture. And although this is a topic that we’ve covered before and something you’ve probably heard preached in church, I think the message is worth repeating.
In our multimedia world, it has become remarkably easy for us to rely on any number of sources as we work to grow and delve deeper in our relationships with God. There are amazing Bible studies available; books have been written covering any topic imaginable; sermons from both local and world-renowned pastors are available to stream online; blogs (ours included) spout opinions on this and that; television shows hosted by modern-day religious “authorities” discuss hot-button topics; the list, as I’m sure you’re very aware, could go on and on. And while all of these resources can have merit, I’d argue that the Christian who relies solely on such resources is headed down a dangerous road.
“Why?” you may ask. “I only read/listen to/study information from Bible-believing pastors/teachers/authors. How could that possibly be dangerous?” Well, in theory, perhaps it’s not—in a perfect world. But we live in a far-from-perfect world! And for that reason, here’s something I’d like you to consider: How do you know if the information you’re taking in is indeed Bible-based unless you already know what the Bible says on any given subject? And that, my friends, is the catch.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 tell us “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Those are some pretty powerful words, if you ask me.
There are a number of reasons that, as Christians, we should be in the Word on a daily basis. For me, it comes down to this: God is Truth. For that reason, there is one place and only one place we should go when it’s the Truth we seek—which, frankly, should be in all things—and that’s straight to God. In His infinite wisdom, God gave us the Bible as an instruction manual of sorts. Through it, He has provided us with His Truth. So while it can be helpful in our study of the Word to glean information from other sources, it is essential that our first and last source be the one we know to contain the Truth—the Bible.
In John 8:31–32 Jesus Himself enforces this very assertion: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”
And with that, I say again, “The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The B-I-B-L-E.”