If you were to drive from your home to a destination across the country, what kind of research would you do? Would you create a map with GPS? Would you research the stops along the way? Would you prepare for detours? Or would you just take off and hope to make it to your destination with no map and no prep?
Unfortunately, many of us approach Christianity without a map and little prep. Fortunately, we don’ have to do it this way. God gave us a map to prepare for our Christian journey. Our map is the Bible.
Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” God’s Word is a roadmap to help us navigate the hardest of times. It helps us understand God and His grand plan. It aids us when we are faced with temptation. It reminds us of who we are when faced with lies from the enemy.
Jesus would pray, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). Jesus prayed that God would use His Word, which is wholly true, to transform us. God’s Word is a roadmap for life, for living, and for changing. The Bible isn’t a collection of fell good stories. It’s not myth. It’s not legend. It's historical. It’s reliable. It’s true. That’s why we should love it, embrace it, and follow it.
Reflect: Read Psalm 119:97-105. Why does the Psalmist love God’s Word? What do the teachers, elders, and enemies have in common? How do you tell the difference between right and wrong paths?
Respond: How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus is on your side? How does it change how you live, knowing that God sent His Word to help you live successfully?