For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

This past Sunday, we learned about 5 important S’s: Scripture, Summaries, Singing, Sacraments, and Snapshots. Each day this week we’ll be taking a close look at an “S” and how it applies to our lives.

Today’s verse declares that everything written in Scripture is there to teach us. The Bible is God’s true and living Word for His people. We must continually remember the importance, relevance, and trustworthiness of Scripture. Even though written long ago, we can be sure that the Bible matters today. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 affirms the hope of Scripture. It says: “16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

The Bible is not just a history book. It is not optional self-help advice. It reveals God’s plan of redemption and is a guidebook for you as you seek to follow Jesus and submit your life to Him. Reading it and knowing it is essential to being who God made you to be. Do you believe that the Bible provides wisdom and insight to all of life? Do you live like you truly believe this?

• Since the Bible is essential to living the Christian life, how do you need to shape your routines around spending time in the Bible and praying about the things you read?

• How does the truth of Scripture and God’s plan of redemption through the gospel speak to life’s most difficult times? How does it provide hope in these moments?

• Thank God for His living Word that is active and useful for all of life.