What the Good Book Is Good for – Wise Up!
Key Bible Verse: The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. – Psalm 19:7b
Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:97-104
The first time I met Luis, he was so angry and intent on doing what he wanted with his life that he was destroying his family and himself. But he couldn’t see it.
Luis was addicted to alcohol. And by attending a church that didn’t preach God’s Word, he was never forced to face up to the fact that he was walking on the path of destruction.
His wife had heard about our church and prayed for weeks that she could get her husband under the unapologetic preaching of God’s Word, but he refused to come. Then out of the blue one morning, he suggested to his astonished family that they attend.
That morning I was teaching from God’s Word on the subject “Wise Up About Alcohol.” Luis squeaked and squirmed on the pew, but the Word of God got through to his heart.
Later that week he gave his life to Jesus Christ, and by God’s grace hasn’t had a drink since. His marriage has been healed, his life has been transformed, and his children are filled with joy.
Why? Because God’s witness about Himself is so trustworthy that it can take a stubborn, hardhearted alcoholic, with no discernment about right and wrong, and make him skilled in daily living.
—James MacDonald in God Wrote a Book
My Response: I’ll thank God for teaching me the basics of sound living through His Word.
Thought to Apply: We must allow the Word of God to confront us, undermine our complacency, and overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior. —John Stott
Adapted from God Wrote a Book (Crossway, 2002)