Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 31 Scripture Selection: 2 Timothy 3
Food for Thought: 2 Tim. 3:15, 16
Are we using the Scriptures in every way that they were intended? If not, we may need to make some changes in the manner in which we read them and apply them to our lives. As we read the Word with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the knowledge of the love of God, then we are in position to receive everything the Word offers us through this continuous, deep, intimate conversation with the Master.
Of course, the Word of God is to teach us doctrine, what to believe. In case there be some who think they already have achieved that, they need to think again. Daily exposure to the Word reminds us and refines our understanding of doctrine. This is a life-long glorious, fascinating process (see I Tim. 4:13, 16).
The Word is also for reproof, to rebuke us when we are in error. Because this requires humility to receive, this is hard to take for many people, so they simply avoid receiving the reproof and move on to more pleasant scriptures. But reproof is to our advantage, if we will allow the Word to have its full function in us. If we haven’t felt reproof lately, either we have already matured, or we are ignoring this element of the Word (See Ps. 141:5; 119:21).
Similarly, the Word of God is for correction. It calls our attention to a wrong and steers us in the right direction. Stubborn, stiff-necked people miss out on this blessing. Proverbs 13:18 warns, “Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.” (See also Prov. 12:1).
Finally, we receive instruction in righteousness through the Scriptures. Since Jesus Himself advises in Matthew 6:33 that we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mat. 6:33), and since the Kingdom of God is made up of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17), then it would seem that receiving instruction on the subject should be a priority for us.
As we embrace the Holy Scriptures with an open heart, available to the Holy Spirit to do the work in us according to that which is written, then we are assured the the Word will make us “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (vs. 17).” However, if we do not hold the Word in high regard as the most important element in our lives, then something will always be missing, and we will be incomplete. As such a high price was paid for us to have the Word in our hands and in our heart, we should give it first place over everything else in our lives. We have so much to gain in doing so.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):