In 1970 I graduated from Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute. Our yearbook was called the ‘Arch’. Named for the main entrance brick archway. As graduating seniors, we were to choose a Bible verse that would be printed below our names and photos. I chose 2 Timothy 3: 16–‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness…’ A good choice.
But why this verse? Hopefully, not to fill in some required blank on my yearbook information page! Another thing off my ‘to-do’ list. Knowing me, I wonder!
Don’t get me wrong. I know where truth can be found. The older I get, the more I believe the Bible. I’ve been around those who think the Bible is myth and fable, unscientific and outdated, bigoted antiquity. I’ve heard their arguments. I can sniff them out from miles away.
I’ve studied under some enrolled at a seminary that used to stand solid on God’s Word. Past tense. I’ve been in a pastor’s Bible study where one stomped out of the room because someone, me and a few others, felt that God’s Word trumped their vaunted ‘human wisdom’.
I’m glad I chose 2 Timothy 3: 16 for that yearbook. My only regret is not adding the next verse. The one about being a man of God, one thoroughly equipped. As I look back, I can see some disconnect between knowing and living. Between my head and my heart. But with the Holy Spirit’s help, the dots start to connect between my mind and my will, having a faith that works.
Can’t add that verse back into my old yearbook, but can decide to live for Him today. Present tense. To apply… what I know in His Word. Join me?
Lord, for your trustworthy Bible, we thank you. Amen.