It's an interesting fact that every second of every day, we have a decision to make – what are we going to focus on and consider? Will it be what God says or our circumstances?
I suggest we consider God's character and promises directly from Scripture, the Bible, God's Word! Why do I say that? I have been reading it regularly for almost 50 years, studying it, teaching and preaching it for over 40+ years as a pastor. I have found the Bible to ring true as the Word of God. One thing that has impressed me as evidence that it is truly the Word of God, is that it was written over a period of some 1500 years, by at least 39 authors of different backgrounds and social standings, that covered many different subjects, but who all combined together to belong to a common theme, and that in the original writings there are no real contradictions.
The Word is important because it is a weapon to be used to advance the Kingdom of God, fight off temptation and cast down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
It says about Abraham who was the father of the faith family, Romans 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb.
I find it interesting to read what some of the most notable leaders in history [not necessarily Christians] have said about God's Word, the Bible.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the great British Prime Minister, statesman, historian and author said: “We reject with scorn all these learned and laboured myths that Moses was only a legendary figure. We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally.”
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), known as the father of the scientific method said: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God, then the volume of the Creatures [Creation], which express His power.”
William Gladstone (1809-1898), a famous 19th-century British prime minister said: “I have known 95 of the world’s great men in my time and of these, 87 were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin and an immeasurable distance separates it from all its competitors, there is but one question of the hour: How to bring the truths of God's Word into vital contact with the minds and hearts of all classes of people."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), a German writer and statesman said: "I consider the gospels to be thoroughly genuine; for in them there is the effective reflection of a sublimity which emanated from the person of Christ; and this is as divine as ever the divine appeared on earth."
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the 28th President of United States said: "A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world, who has deprived himself of this knowledge of the Bible. When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.'
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1864), the 16th President of the United States said: "I have only to say that it is the best gift God has given to man."
John Locke (1632-1704), the noted English philosopher said: "The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.”
The great Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), said: "The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one Volume. The most deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant he finds the ore; new light continually beams from this source of heavenly knowledge to direct the conduct, and illustrate the work of God and the ways of men; and he will at last leave the world confessing that the more he studied the Scriptures the fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance and of their inestimable value.”
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the 18th President of United States said: "Hold fast to the Bible as the anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts on your heart and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for the progress made and to this we must look as our guide in the future."
When learned and notable men such as these and many others hold such a high opinion of God's Word, I think we, as His children should do no less and consider and value it more intently and more frequently than most of us actually do.
Like the law of gravity, the Bible will never become redundant.