2 Peter 1:21

For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human,
spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21
I am a crier. There I said it, it’s now public. I cry during movies, TV shows, and commercials. I am moved easily by stories. I become emotional when experiencing pieces of art and music. Being moved by something outside of ourselves is common. We can be moved by art, relationships, and even truth. The Scripture writers were moved in a similar fashion. They were moved along by the Holy Spirit as they wrote the Bible. This is a beautiful description that Peter uses here to describe how the writers of the Bible were influenced by the Holy Spirit. The word picture we get from ‘carried along’ is that of a ship being blown along by the wind on the sea. In fact, the word is used just that way in Acts 27:27 describing the ship Paul was in being ‘driven across’ the sea by the wind.
 
While preserving individual writing styles of the authors, the Spirit was involved in moving them along and inspiring them to write what they wrote. When we read Paul, Peter, Luke, John, Moses, David, Daniel, or Obadiah, we notice different styles, different words, and different perspectives, but at the same time the same Spirit guided each one of them to write what they wrote from their own vocabulary and experiences.
 
We can trust the Word of God. It is reliable to inform our faith and life. The Word shows us the plan of God for the world and how we can be involved, but only if we are in it. There are many reasons for us to be in the Bible regularly. First, it affirms our faith in the Gospel. Story after story, truth after truth, it affirms what we know about God, his character and what his plans are for the world around us.
 
Second, the Bible guards our hearts. The Psalmist said, ‘I have hidden your word in my hear that I might not sin against you’ (Psalm 119:11). The more we study and read the Bible, the more we are able to stand against temptations that come our way. Third, being in the Word brings us closer together as a church. When we learn together and read together, we find ourselves locked tightly into a relationship that spans not just our time here on earth, but it helps point each one of us to eternity.
 
Being in the Word is simple, but it’s not easy. It takes discipline and making time for it. One easy way to begin to be in the Bible daily is to download the YouVersion Bible App and pick one of their many Bible reading plans.
 
Questions for reflection:
  1. What are ways you can make reading the Bible part of your daily routine?
  2. Who can you encourage with the Scriptures today? 
David Flug | Community Life Pastor

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