October 21 Our Textbook

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10–17

Key Verse: Psalm 119:2

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!

Noah Webster, the early nineteenth-century scholar most famous for his dictionary, wrote the following in the preface of his American edition of the Bible:

The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best book for regulating the … concerns of men … The principles of genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations, are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer … There are two powers only, sufficient to control men and secure the rights of individuals … the combined force of religion and law.

Over the centuries, countless men and women have dedicated and sometimes sacrificed their lives for the cause of bringing God’s Word to people who need it desperately. From translators and linguistic experts to international missionaries, these individuals understood the importance of each person having access to a Bible and being able to read it in his own language.

The best way to cherish the Scriptures is to use them as 2 Timothy 3:16–17 describes, as a living guide for real life. Don’t let it sit on a shelf or by your bed gathering dust. God’s timeless truth has the power to transform your life when you give it the opportunity.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. It has strengthened me. It has kept me. It has changed my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 308). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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