Importance of Scripture

I grew up in a world where the Word of God was supremely significant. Anything and everything else took a backseat to the importance of God’s Word. It would be an unusual thing to go to church or hear a preacher and not hear references to the fact that “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12), or the fact that “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isa. 40:8), or to hear Paul’s declaration that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). That wonderful elevated view of Scripture was always before us. I for one came to know experientially that it is absolutely true. You can trust God’s Word and it will never fail you.

Today, that view of Scripture is not in vogue. One day I had just turned on the radio looking for nothing in particular but there was a conversation going on which I soon discovered was an interview. I did not know where it came from or who the people were, but the lady who was doing the interviewing was talking to an anthropologist. At one point she expressed her amazement and shock that oftentimes in his writings he would refer to holy things, liturgy, even Scripture. Then she asked him, “When you do that and use these holy references and refer to things like that, do you actually believe that you can maintain your intellectual integrity?” Immediately, I recognized that she had little appreciation and no respect for the Scriptures or as she called them, “holy writings.” Apparently, from her question she thought that you could not have true intellect or be held in high academic regard and even refer to those things as being significant. Then the anthropologist replied and pointed out to her two things that made these holy writings significant.

One was that we are just creatures who are here for a short period of time and they remind us that there is a lot that has gone on before and apparently a lot that is coming in the future. The other thing he pointed out was that these kinds of religious things are important because they remind us that we are a part of a much bigger world. He said that was one of the reasons why a cathedral is important because when you walk into it you cannot help but look up and begin to reflect on what a small entity you are in this vast universe. So because of our limited space of time to fill while we are here and the bigness of our world and universe, we can be inspired by it. In my opinion, it was a humanistic response to an insensitive and uncaring question about the Word of God.

While there is some truth in our limitations because we live in a brief time capsule and we are not big enough to even pick up a bridge on our huge globe much less the world itself, the Word of God is important and significant to transform our lives. Not because of any of those things but because it comes from the heart of God to the need of mankind. I listened and wanted to speak back through the radio to say that we may be seen as small in the timeframe of life and eternity. We may be so small that we are less than a speck of dust, but that is the amazing story of the Bible that our great God loved us so much that He saw what we may not even recognize, the significance of our lives in Him. True, apart from Him we are nothing more than an enlarged mass of protoplasm moving around and bumping into other large masses of protoplasm and mumbling to ourselves, “Is this all there is?”

In the revelation of God’s Word in the person of Jesus Christ it is not only all there is, but there is more to come and so much more that it will knock your socks off. So things have changed and the world may not listen, be responsive, or care about God’s Word speaking to them. But that does not change the responsibility that we have personally to listen to it, to share it with others, and to be responsive to what God says to us through His Word. It is easy to become discouraged as we seek to do what the Lord wants us to do and fall into a trap that says nobody knows, nobody listens, and nobody cares. Well, I would remind you that the Word of God itself reveals the power that is there. It says, “‘Is not My word like a fire?’ says the Lord, ‘and like a hammer?’” (Jer. 23:29). Well it is and when it is taught, presented, and preached you do not have to argue that the Word of God is powerful. Just present it and like so many of us, they will be impacted like a hammer that would hit their soul or be warmed like fire. It does not take a big argument to convince someone that fire is hot and that a hammer is strong and so is the Word of God. We must be found faithful sharing it with a world that at times may be disinterested and at other times disconnected, but in all times a world that needs to hear from Heaven.

Jim Futral
Executive Director-Treasurer