READ: Mark 13

THINK: At Dublin Castle in Ireland is the Chester Beatty Library, named for an industrialist who gave generously to charity. The beautiful library includes a quaint coffee shop and a variety of exhibits.

The exhibit that grabbed my attention was the ancient manuscripts. I slowly walked through the area and viewed fragments of the New Testament Gospels dating back to the third century ad. The scrolls were among the oldest known biblical texts until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the mid-20th century. God’s Word, preserved through the years!

As I looked at those portions of inspired text, I was moved by the permanence of the Word of God. It is because of the enduring nature of God’s Word that we can have confidence in the message it contains. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Mark 13:31). Later, Jesus’ disciple Peter would write, “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25).

God’s Word, enduring through the ages, is still the most trusted guide for living.

The Bible stands, and it will forever
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given –
All its precepts I will obey.  – Lillenas

Like a compass, the Bible always points you in the right direction!

By: Bill Crowder in Our Daily Bread, April 20, 2008

ASK: Am I looking to God’s Word as my guide for living?

PRAY: Thank God for giving us the Bible and for revealing himself to us in it. Ask God to point you in the right direction through his word.

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