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Is the Bible Relevant?

By Abi May

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The Bible is much more than a history of God’s dealings with individuals, peoples, and humankind in general, interspersed with a number of prophecies about future events. It was also written for now—whether “now” is AD 112, 1112, or 2012.

What direction, comfort, or assurance does the Bible have to offer? The following worries and troubles resonate with many of us today, and the Bible addresses them all.

 
Financial insecurity

Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
—Matthew 6:31–34

Don’t worry about anything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
—Philippians 4:6 NLT

 
Discouragement

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again.
—Psalm 42:11 NLT

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
—Psalm 55:22

 
Personal crises

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.
—Psalm 46:1–3

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
—Hebrews 4:16

 
Decision making

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.
—Psalm 32:8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
—Proverbs 3:5–6

 
Loneliness

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.
—Psalm 23:1–3

I will not leave you nor forsake you.
—Joshua 1:5

 
Stress and strain

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
—Matthew 11:28–30

Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
—Galatians 6:9

 
Anxiety over the future

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
—Psalm 34:4

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
—2 Timothy 1:7

 
Remorse over mistakes

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
—Psalm 51:1–2,10–12

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—Romans 8:35,38–39

* * *

I opened it [the Bible] and “chanced” upon the Beatitudes! I read, and read, and read—now aloud with an indescribable warmth surging within. … I could not find words to express my awe and wonder. And suddenly the realization dawned upon me: This was the Book that would understand me!
—Dr. Emile Cailliet (1894–1981), French philosopher

 
A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides.
—Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), German philosopher

 
God’s Word is as good as He is. There is an old saying that a man is as good as his word. Well, God is as good as His Word. His character is behind what He has said.
—J. Vernon McGee (1904–1988), American minister, teacher, and theologian

 
 
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