21 Days of Prayer – Day 18
Everything written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us strength to go on. They encourage us and give us hope.
The Ultimate Authority
The Bible contains a lot of really good advice —but it’s not a self-help
book. It’s much more important than that. A self-help book may be a
useful tool, but it’s not absolutely necessary. The Bible is an integral
part of our relationship with God.
The Bible is more like an instruction manual. It shows us how we are
constructed and what we are designed for. It tells us very specifically
what we must do in order to run at maximum capacity. The more
closely we follow what the Bible says, the better chance we have of
creating a life that resembles God’s blueprint. Not only does the Bible
give us instruction, the Scriptures are one means of grace by which the
Holy Spirit works to transform our lives.
The Bible is also a law book. It is the final authority for what is right
and wrong. The Bible, then, is the perfect yardstick for measuring the
things that influence us. If an idea, teaching or piece of advice follows
God’s Word, we should consider it. If it doesn’t, we should beware of
it. It’s that simple.
- Think of someone who has earned your respect. What makes that
person worthy of your respect? If that person gave you an instruction, how would you respond? Explain.
- How would you respond if someone you didn’t respect gave you
an instruction? What would be the difference?
Dear God, thank you for giving us the Bible as the authority to guide
our lives. Help us keep a proper respect for your Word. Amen.
Look through your Journal and see if you missed a Daily Adventure and do that activity if you’re able to today. Otherwise, pick your favourite Daily Adventure to do!