The Bible isn’t an instruction manual. It’s a sweeping narrative. It’s a love story.
Are you ready for some good news?
The Word of God is no mere instruction book or collection of moralistic thoughts; it is one, epic story of the redemptive plan of God in Jesus Christ!
Today’s devotional might change the whole way you view the scriptures for the good. We’re in Psalm 119:
“In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.” (Psalm 119:14, ESV)
I’ve always believed that God’s Word is inspired and utterly reliable. I’ve always loved the scriptures. But, in recent years, not only has my view of the Bible deepened, but also has my passion for God’s timeless Word. Most of my Christian life, I viewed the Bible sort of like my car owner’s manual – a gift from the Maker, full of instructions on how my life will run best.
Instruction manuals are important. The week after our honeymoon, I put together a gas grill that had been given us as a wedding present. It was a mistake. Our marriage nearly crumbled from the bad mood I was in all week. Clinging to the instruction manual, I tediously assembled the seemingly endless pieces. I needed the manual and I needed it desperately. It’s not that an instruction manual is bad or unhelpful. But, if the Word of God is an instruction manual, it would never elicit such wonder and praise as the psalmist declares.
The psalmist says things like:
- “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Psalm 119:72, ESV)
- “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103, ESV)
- “I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.” (Psalm 119:162, ESV)
That’s just not how I would speak about my gas grill instruction manual or my car owner’s book.“Oh, how I love my car manual – I meditate on it day and night. It is sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Not so much.
For the psalmist, there is something enthralling, delicious, life giving and powerful about the scriptures that makes him utterly passionate for the Word of God.
The Bible isn’t an instruction manual. It’s a sweeping narrative. It’s a love story. It’s an epic tale of heroism and daring rescue. It’s about Jesus and what He’s done. And that’s far more exciting than a good gas grill manual. And that’s the Gospel!