The Bible, Our Friend

Michael Beck

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Those who are valiant for the truth are unafraid where the diligent study of scripture might lead them. If it overturns previously held notions, so be it. If it convicts, corrects and cleanses our way, we appreciate it. Isn’t this what the word is supposed to do? “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” (Psalm 119:9)

The Lord rewards those who diligently seek Him with spiritual wisdom and understanding. If we are to know God we must know Him through our diligent study of scripture. All of the light we have must be according to the testimony of His Word. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isa. 8:20)

When we stand before God, none of us will have any excuse for error. God has given us His Word to keep us on the straight and narrow, in both our doctrine and behavior. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:16,17)

Paul exhorted his son in the faith to make diligent use of the Word of God to grow properly, teach correctly, and avoid being embarrassed by a spurious faith. We do well to heed the apostle’s admonition.

The Bible is our friend. We ought to engage with it in the tightest of bonds, making it our constant companion and sure guide. Never be afraid of what you will discover by your valiant search. Kind are its reprovings; faithful are its wounds.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.