What does the Bible do for us?

Many of the characters in my books struggle with their spiritual lives. Charlotte deals with accepting God's forgiveness, Cherry deals with her own misconceptions, Vicki struggles with the pull of materialism, Julia must learn to give up her idea of safety, and so on. But all of them (and we) must find help in what God has to say. The way we deal with life and spirituality can only come from what he has revealed to us in the Bible. Take for instances this verse:

“…no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV

Peter gives a wonderful defense of the Bible in this passage. Right before the passage printed above, he tells us that he saw Jesus’ majesty in person and heard the voice of God the Father say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Then he breaks onto into this wonderfully eloquent sentence (not bad for a fisherman): “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

What a fantastic picture of what Scripture does for us and what we have to look forward to, which will be even better. The Bible is like a lamp shining in a dark place. We have it now, but we are surrounded by evil, corruption, and brokenness. This world is like a cave that is enclosed without light, but God’s Word is the lamp that illuminates the darkness.

However, when the “day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,” it will be completely different. The cave’s walls are shattered, along with the darkness. Day has come and a morning star has filled the sky. No more gloom, no more misery, no more failure. The day will be beyond our imagining. I can’t wait!.

Think about what it’s like to be emerged in darkness. How does it make you feel? I hate it. I stumble and run into things, hear noises that terrify me, and my thought life often plunges to the lowest point when I am surrounded by darkness. Some nights when that is particularly true, I feel relieved to awake to light and to understand that the night is over. Spend some time dwelling on how wonderful it will be to live in the light and never have to face the darkness.

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