September 30, 2022

The Inspired Word

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

The early church faced disunity in part because they did not have an accurate translation of the Bible. Some copies that circulated were corrupt. The answer was to produce an official translation that would be accurate and trustworthy.

This sensitive assignment was given to a man we know as Jerome, who died on this day in 420 AD. He dedicated himself to this project, pouring over manuscripts and mastering Greek and Hebrew. After spending three years in the desert working on this project, he moved to Bethlehem, where he lived the rest of his life.

The result of his work was the Vulgate translation (in Latin), which he completed in 405 AD. This served as the authorized translation of the Bible for more than a thousand years.

The Bible reminds us that God’s Word is settled in Heaven forever (Psalm 119:89). His Word was true in the time of Jerome. It is true today. It has the power to change lives, correct us, and guide us.

More than 2,700 years ago, Isaiah wrote that everything on earth is subject to change. The grass may seem green, but it eventually withers. Even beautiful flowers fade. Great experiences can seem timeless, but they all end. However, God’s Word stands forever (Isaiah 40:6-8).

Remember, people may disappoint you. Even brilliant thinkers are flawed. Leaders and friends make mistakes, but you can trust God and His unchanging Word.

Reflection Question: Are you trusting only in the truth of God’s Word?

Father, give me a hunger and thirst for Your Word. Help me to trust You. Thank You that I can depend on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 3