Guide Maps- 2 Timothy 3:16
Guide maps were a thing back in the good old days. My stepdad still pulls out the Random McNally fold-up maps when he is trying to map out a new destination. He is still quite fond of the paper maps. Now and days, if you are like, my guide map is on my phone. Can I share something with you? It’s hard to see the big picture on a screen the size of a 3 x 5 card.
Where am I headed with this?
We’ve been talking about climbing mountains. For those of you who have never climbed a mountain before, you need to know that there are guide maps and markers along the way.
Some mountains have trees that have small markings painted along the paths. Others have big fancy signs at the very beginning giving you pertinent information. Still, others are marked with sticks and little colorful flags. And of course, at the very least, is the path itself.
Where are we going?
God has given us the ultimate guide map and marker. The Lord has given us the ultimate life manual called the Bible. People often say the Word Bible stands for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”
If you have read the Bible, you would most likely agree with that statement. The Bible does tell us everything we need to know.
If I’m lost and need directions on how to handle something, I can go to my Bible. What If I want to know what God has to say about a particular issue? I can go to my Bible. If I want to help a friend find his or her way, I can go to my Bible. I love searching for the promises God has for me in my Bible.
The Bible has been the longest-running, best selling book of all time. It has over 3,000 original copies dating back over a few thousand years. These days you can access the Bible online through apps like YOUVERSION, on your Kindle, Nook, and other various technological resources. The Bible is no longer confined to printed paper bound with leather.
The Bible is now available in audio format.
That’s excellent news for those who can’t read or see. It has even made its way to various countries in various languages so that other people groups can have the Word of God.
Do you want to know how much God loves you? Check out His letters to you in His Word, the Bible.
Read the Bible, if you like history.
The Bible has romance.
Do you like parables or stories about the same trails we face every day? Yep, the Bible is the place to be.
Would you like to know more about Jesus Christ, especially what He did for you and me on the cross at Calvary? Read the Bible.
When I read the Bible, I read about people who lived a few thousand years ago. Those people had the very same problems we have today. Isn’t it comforting to know that the God of the Bible is the same God we can know and love today?
Isn’t it comforting to know that His Word has been timeless? His Word is just as applicable today as it was back then. I think it’s safe to say God knew what He was doing.
Are you lost and can’t find your way? Let me know, and I’ll turn you onto the best guide map ever written – the Bible
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Father, thank you for your Word, and may it continue to guide us through this challenging world we live in today. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.