Q: I tried to look in the Bible for the answer to a problem I’ve been having, but I didn’t find anything. I know you think the Bible is important, but I’m not sure it’s of much use to us today. It hasn’t been for me. — F.McC.
A: The Bible is nothing less than God’s written Word, and because of this, it’s just as true today as when it was first written. As the Bible says concerning itself, its writers “spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
This is why I urge you not to give up on the Bible or assume that it has nothing to say to you about your problems. No, it may not tell you exactly what you should do about your specific problem, but it will tell you how you ought to live. And as you follow its guidance, you’ll be surprised how often your problems disappear. After all, don’t most of our problems come because we’ve left God out of our lives and chosen to go our own way?
But the Bible will also tell you the importance of seeking God’s will and will help you find guidance for the problems you face. For example, it tells us to pray and commit our problems into God hands, trusting him to help us and show us the answer. The Bible says, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).
Begin by turning to Jesus Christ and asking him to come into your life, and he will. Then make prayer and the Bible part of your life every day. God’s promise is for you: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
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