Benjamin and I live in Tucson, Arizona, which, among Arizona folks, is famous for the insanity of its drivers. (Seriously, it’s terrifying.) People who live in other cities hate to drive here for fear of the red light running, crazy speeding, and possibilities of being honked at, swerved at, sworn at, or cursed at.
God has something to say about that. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
I love chocolate. It’s my favorite food, next to ice cream. And I tend to stress eat chocolate… A lot of chocolate.
God has something to say about that. (Proverbs 23:20-21, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
My grandfather died recently. As much as we were expecting it, it was still really hard to face. To be honest, most of the time I forget he’s gone, so when I remember, I feel the shock all over again. It feels so strange, so unnatural knowing that he’s not there at his house, talking with friends or riding his horses right now.
God has something to say about that too. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, John 11:25-26, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
People like to talk about how the Bible is outdated and doesn’t apply to daily life. But that’s just silly. (That’s right! Silly!)
One of the most well-known passages about this is 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It says, “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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
I love those verses so much because they remind me that God’s Word is USEFUL. When I read the Bible, I often start to go into story reading mode. The people become characters for me and I just get absorbed in the stories. But the Bible tells about the struggles of real people who lived real lives to help us with our real lives. Those “stories” are in there as histories of God’s power and love, and as examples to us. (I am actually trying to stop calling the accounts in the Bible “stories” for this very reason.) 1 Corinthians 10:11 says, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” Romans 15:4 echoes with, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” The Scriptures, as far back as Genesis 1:1, were written to give us hope in the sovereignty of the God who has guided so many others before us. They were stuck in the middle of their hard situations (people chasing them to kill them, not having enough to provide for their family, their nation turning away from God, etc.), but we can find hope in the entirety of the stories. We can see how God works in how their accounts end.
And how do we know that this can still apply to our modern, crazy world? First of all, have you ever tried doing it? Seriously, any time I have the sense to go back to the Bible for my problems, I always find help, guidance, or comfort. Secondly, it was written by the Holy Spirit. Remember 2 Timothy 3:16? It says that the Scripture was “given by inspiration of God.” It wasn’t just written by a bunch of guys who are now a pile of dust in some grave, that expression means it was “God-breathed.” Those men were writing the words of the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God who saw not only these modern times and situations, but who saw you and your problems today, in this moment. How amazing.
But there’s a big “if.” It can be all of those things to us IF we read it and study it and hunt for all of this treasure of wisdom. All the time. Every day.
So now it’s your turn. Don’t know where to start? Try flipping the New Testament open and read through that. (If you can’t seem to ever find the time to read your Bible, though, check out this post!)
If you have any more ideas or questions about how to apply the Bible to your life, comment below. We would love to chat with you about it and hear your ideas. Or just stick around here. That’s what this conversation is all about, after all : )
(P.S. I said I love chocolate, but really, it’s just sugar. Like chocolate chip cookies. Mwahaha!)