December 31, 2023

God’s Word

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”—2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

For hundreds of years, only one version of the Bible was available to English-speaking people: the Vulgate. But it was written in Latin, a language most people could not understand. In addition, only clergy were allowed to read the Bible. But a student named John Wycliffe became committed to knowing more about the Bible for himself.

In 1348, the black plague spread throughout Europe. Stirred by this tragedy, Wycliffe wanted God’s perspective. Pouring himself into the Bible, he became convinced that everyone needed to be able to read the Bible themselves in their own language.

So he began an English translation, completing this in 1382. It was the first new European translation in nearly 1,000 years. Then he sent men, called Lollards, to bring the Word to the people and to help teach and encourage Bible reading.

Concerned about these unauthorized actions, the church banned Bible translation and expelled Wycliffe from his teaching position. Even though he and his followers experienced persecution, they had begun a revolution that changed the world.

As we end a year, how appropriate to think about the importance of God’s Word and the commitment of men like John Wycliffe, who died on this date in 1384. He gave his life so we could read the Bible. As you approach a new year, commit to filling your heart and mind with the Bible. Renew your commitment to serve God and obey His Word.

Reflection Question: What is your Bible reading plan for the coming year?

Prayer
Father, give me a greater hunger to know Your Word. Help me understand it more clearly. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 2

Prayer
Father, give me a greater hunger to know Your Word. Help me understand it more clearly. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 2