April 24, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Relevant

Today is a dreary overcast day, the embodiment of fall. The leaves are {finally} displaying some brilliant hues, but there’s still plenty of green mixed in. And I find myself longing for a good cold New England autumn, with dazzling and passionate reds, oranges, and yellows. But, I’m thankful there’s at least a little color here, and that’s it’s finally cooling off enough to wear long-sleeves and boots. And I am thankful that it’s also Friday, which means the end of the school week for my husband, the anticipation of church in just two days, and of course, another Five Minute Friday, when we write for five minutes straight without pre-planning or editing or overthinking. And today’s topic is…

RELEVANT

I am so thankful that God’s Word is relevant to my life in its entirety. Isn’t that amazing? Every single part of the Bible is somehow relevant to me. And to you.

Think about it. The Bible contains 66 books, penned by over 40 different authors. It took over 1500 years to complete, beginning with Moses’ Pentateuch and continuing all the way through John’s Book of Revelation. It was written in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) and on at least three different continents (Africa, Asia, Europe).

And yet, the whole Bible is completely unified in its content. No part of it disagrees with another part. Nowhere does it contradict itself. And that is because, while humans actually penned the words, the content of Scripture was breathed out (literally, exhaled) by God Himself. He oversaw the putting of words onto parchment. He oversaw the choosing of the canon of Scripture.

And that is why today, about 3500 years after the first books of the Bible were written, it is still relevant to mankind. Because it is the very words of God, the one and only God, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe. His Word is timeless in the truest sense of the word, because He is timeless. He is without even the slightest hint (shadow) of changing. His Word is a part of Him, literally an extension of His being, His very breath, and thus it is as faithful and constant as He is.

And it is relevant. 2 Timothy 3 tells us that all Scripture is profitable – every single part of it. We don’t pick and choose what “works” for us today. There is no part of Scripture that is irrelevant to us. Even the Levitical laws and the genealogies somehow have something to teach us. The histories, the prophecies, the letters of doctrine – they are all profitable for instruction or correction or guidance.

TIME’S UP!

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).


Comments

  1. I thought about this, too: ” Every single part of the Bible is somehow relevant to me.” (Though I wrote about something else.) I love that about His living, active Word!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. The relevancy of God’s Word was my subject matter today as well. Well written, Elizabeth.