Devotional,  Doctrine & Theology

The Sufficiency of the Word

I originally wrote the following devotional for a local church, where it appeared as an anonymous publication in the bulletin. Considering the importance of this meditation, it seemed appropriate to also share it here, with this dear readership.

Secular psychology is popular today, and often the first response to trial in a person’s life is to seek answers in man-made philosophies. 

For the Christian, such a response may be indicative of a bigger blight within the church, namely a lack of understanding of the sufficiency of God’s Word. To be sure, the Bible readily advises that Christians seek godly wisdom from those who know and love the Lord and seek to obey His Word (e.g., Prov 11:14, 12:15). At the same time, the Bible is explicit about its own character, namely, that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17).

While the world turns to feeble philosophies and vain psychology, the Christian ought to consider the majestic attributes of the Word of God: it is perfect, restoring and reviving the soul (Ps 19:7; 119:25); it is right, rejoicing the heart (Ps 19:8); it keeps man’s ways pure, lighting his path in the darkness (Ps 119:9, 105); it is to be delighted in (Ps 119:16); it is immutable (Ps 119:89); and it is more desirable than gold (Ps 19:10). Above all, and not to be taken for granted, the Bible is the very Word of God. It is to be trusted, revered, and obeyed. We find its truths through study, preaching, the counsel of godly men and women, and prayer.

Christian, in your time of testing, do you rush to find solace in the murmurings of men, or do you run to the Word? Do you cling to the truths God has given you in its pages? Have you yet discovered its sufficiency? Our great God has granted immeasurable blessings and promises of an unfathomable future inheritance to those who are in Christ. Do you not realize that this same God has not left you with only partial resources in this life, but has given you an all-sufficient Word?

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