Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Quiet Time

Here’s some advice. If you aren’t a Christian, but want to know more about the faith ... read the Bible. If you are a Christian, and want to know more about your faith ... read the Bible.

Although there are many excellent books about Christianity and the Christian life, there is no substitute for simply reading the Bible itself. Millions and millions of people read and study this bestseller, the world’s all-time bestselling book. The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book. And people of faith believe it presents God’s words for humans, a primary mode of communication from heaven to earth.

Josh McDowell, author of Evidence that Demands a Verdict, points out some amazing facts about the Bible, which make it unique and different from any other book ever published. It was:

written over a 1,500-year span
written over 40 generations
written by more than 40 authors
written in different places, on three continents,
in three different languages

And yet there is "one unfolding story: God's redemption of man."

When I first committed my life to Christ as a high schooler, a mentor taught me to schedule a daily “quiet time.” She said to set aside time every day – alone, if possible – to read the Bible and pray. Now, more than 20 years later, I am thankful I took her advice; however imperfectly I’ve carried it out, I have no regrets for the time spent searching for truth, encouragement and help in its pages.

“. . . and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

II Timothy 3:15