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S SCRIPTURE: 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

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.

Baseball umpire Durwood Miller tells of his rookie year of umpiring in the major leagues. On the mound was the famous pitcher, Nolan Ryan. The second pitch of the game was so fast, Miller never saw it. He froze, unable to make the call. Finally, he yelled somewhat tentatively, “Strike!” The batter backed out of the box and said, “Ump, don’t feel so bad, I didn’t see it either!”

This story is a good illustration of what is happening in our world today. Change is occurring so fast none of us can see it clearly. A new set of glasses won’t help, either. Yet we have to make vital calls and daily decisions about very important things, all the time wondering if we are making the right ones—we’re hoping we don’t strike out!

We desperately need a clear standard. A fixed point, a true north. We need an unchanging standard on which we can base our decisions. The exciting news is that God has given us such a standard. It is His Word, the Bible. It contains the rock-solid, never changing, relevant truth. It is absolute truth about life. The truth on how to live every day When we base our lives on the principles and promises of Scripture, we stand rock solid at the plate of life, regardless of how fast the pitcher throws the ball at us from the “mound” of the world.

Let the scoffers and naysayers from the stands say the Bible is irrelevant and outdated. True followers of Christ know that “the Word of God is living and active.” It feeds and nourishes your souls, giving spiritual strength to your life. Today, you make the call from the playbook of life—the Word of God—and live confident in your decision.

What Scriptures speak truth to you in this current season?

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Lord, thank you for the Bible. Thank you that it feeds my soul. Thank you that it builds me up and makes me strong in You to face the difficult challenges surrounding my life each day. Help me to read Your word and meditate on it so I can have success in my life and the rapidly changing world around me. Let everyone in my church become people of the Word. Amen!