Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 19th, 2016
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed
Do you want to hear God speak? Open up the Bible. Read it out loud. Hear the voice of the Lord! He is instructing you in the way of salvation and preparing you to live wisely! He still speaks a holy and true Word!
There is nothing sadder than losing a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS for short. For 40 years The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, which has changed its name to Baby’s Breath, has been Canada’s only national foundation focused on SIDS, and more recently also dedicated to reducing all sudden and unexpected infant deaths including stillbirths. The actual cause or causes of SIDS is unknown. SIDS accounts for 5% of all infant deaths 0 to 1 year of age and 17% of postneonatal deaths 28 days to 1 year of age. SIDS can occur at any time during the first year of life but peaks between 2 and 4 months, with fewer SIDS deaths occurring after 6 months. Infants who are male, premature, or of low birth weight, or are socio-economically disadvantaged and Aboriginal are more at risk.
Inspiration is a wonderful thing. It enables us to complete a difficult task and it has led to some of the most beautiful art and literature the world has ever known. While people are inspired to do all sorts of things, the Bible is unique in its inspiration. Over and over it makes the claim that it is God who spoke through the authors of the various books and who speaks through the Bible even today. Nowhere is this point made more clearly than in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” I appreciate the clarity of the NIV here when it translates the Greek word for inspiration as “God-breathed.” The translators wanted us to understand that the word of God is just that – God speaking through those whom he chose as authors. The result is that we can trust the Bible to teach us what God wants us to learn, to rebuke us when we have fallen into sin and correct us when we have ventured into error. And it the righteousness training manual, showing us how we can live a life that pleases and honours God. The inspired word of God is a gift from our Creator. Take time to study it today.
These have been words from the heart.