I ran a post 2-3 weeks ago of cowboy humor by Ace Reid. Many seemed to enjoy it, so here is another. This cowboy has torn his truck apart to find the gate key only to find that he had left it in the lock the previous time he was there. Now, I must admit that I have done similar things, but maybe not to this extreme. In fact, I venture to say that many men are this way. To make life easier, if I can’t find something pretty quickly I just holler “Liiiiinda” ( my wife ), and I will have it in short order, usually. Time is precious you know.
Doesn’t this ring true with Christianity? People run to self-help books, conferences, revivals, iTunes, counselors, ad nauseam looking for the Truth. Year after year and decade after decade may be spent diligently seeking for the newest and quickest way to have close fellowship with God. I’m not saying here that none of the above should never be read or attended or used. They do have their place; but not as the final authority in matters that will really change your spiritual life long-term.
“Yore key is in the lock”! The key is God’s Holy Word, The Bible. It alone has the answers to all of life’s challenges, dilemmas, set-backs, disappointments and is the source for spiritual growth. Listen to some of these verses:
The Bible was inspired and given by God. “The prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”(II Tim 3:16).
The Bible is God’s Word. I Thessalonians 2:13 says, “When ye received the Word of God…ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16 adds, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine .for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
The Bible is the source of truth. The big question today is…“Where is the truth?” Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth.” The Bible is called “the Word of truth” (II Tim 2:15
God gave us the Bible to guide us through life. The psalmist said, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Ps 119:105). Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,”
The Bible will show us what is ‘missing in life’. Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Bible is the only thing Jesus ever quoted (many times). The Bible is the only source of information about Jesus. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” John 5:39).
This is the 2nd time this week that I have felt compelled to call us back to Scripture. We all have the key but many don’t use it. We have every excuse in the world to keep us from it. If you don’t use it “ya shore don’t know what yore missin”.
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth”! (Psalm 119:103)
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,