Bible Passage for Meditation: 2 Tim. 3:15-17
Key Verse: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Tim. 3:16
“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28, 29).
The above passage may not be that life-altering to you if you’ve grown up in the Adventist church, but it was to me when I discovered it.
You see, as I grew up I was always taught that when a person dies, they go to purgatory, and eventually they would go to heaven or hell. But when my dad died, I was told by the priest of the Catholic church I attended, that since he had killed himself, he would go right to hell… and I believed my priest.
However, years later as I studied the Bible with my Adventist friend, I learned the truth about heaven, hell, and burning forever. With this realization, my faith in a loving and just God was restored as I realized I needed to stand upon what the Bible said, instead of relying on what a man said. What comfort this new understanding about God has brought me.
Your misconception about God and His character may not be regarding an eternally burning hell like it was for me, but maybe it’s about something else that’s happened in your life that you don’t understand. Maybe it’s over an unexplainable loss, a sickness, or a business failure. Or maybe it’s over a doctrine in Scripture that you don’t quite seem to understand. However, the answers we lack are in God’s Word.
In the powerful book, The Great Controversy, we are told, “But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord” in its support” (p. 595).
The Bible tells us, “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).
So the question is, where do we find our truth? Where do we find our reality? Is it from our neighbors and friends, or from a priest or pastor, or is it from the Word of God?
Heart Prayer Challenge
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that You are a good and just God. And Thank You that You have not left us to be swept to and fro by every wind of doctrine. You have given us Your Word. We have a sure foundation. Help us to stand upon Your Word and to become the people of the Book once again, the people that stand upon the Bible and the Bible only. No matter what happens around us, or what we feel, help us to be rooted in Your Word. Amen.
By Kat Taylor
(Kat works full-time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)