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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


August 7, 2007

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

My wife, Pamela, is almost fearless.

I use the word almost because thirty-seven years of marriage has revealed one thing that frightens her. Pam doesn’t like to drive across big bridges, the kind of bridges that span large rivers like the Ohio and the Mississippi.

She has a number of rules when she drives across those big bridges. First, she wants to be in the middle lane. Second, she doesn’t want any big trucks along side her. Finally, she doesn’t want to be following a motorcycle.

Naturally, as a man, I have tried to talk her out of such foolishness. For years, I’ve been telling her, “Don’t be silly. These bridges are inspected. They’re safe. You don’t have to worry.” Last week, when we learned of the collapse of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis, she turned to me, and with an “I-told-you-so-look” said, “See, I was right.”

The truth is that the collapse of this one bridge will cause many people to doubt the reliability and trustworthiness of all bridges. It may not be logical, but that’s the way we humans are made. Either we can believe someone, or we can’t. Either we trust something, or we don’t.

This takes this devotion to the subject of God’s Word. Today, it’s fashionable for sophisticated pseudo-scholars to dissect, divide, and dismember the Bible. They gleefully gloat as they strip, shred and slice up Holy Scripture. They say it doesn’t make any difference if the Bible has as many holes as a piece of Swiss cheese.

But it does matter. Listening to the folks who have denied this and debunked that, many end up saying, “If I can’t believe what the Bible says here; why should I believe what it says there?”

This is why I rejoice that the Lord tells us we can believe the Bible both “here” and “there.”

Paul told Timothy that our perfect God has inspired all Scripture to be written. Because it is a perfect book that comes from the perfect God, it is profitable for learning about the Lord’s law as well as His love, grace, and salvation.

The writer of the book of Proverbs said it a little differently (3:5) when he wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” It’s good advice, especially when a person is driving across the bridges of life.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in a world where bridges can drop out from under a person without warning, I give thanks that I can trust You, Your Son, and Your Word. No matter what this day brings, may my faith in You be unshaken. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 133-135    1 Corinthians 2

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