Psalm 119:161b NKJV - …My heart stands in awe of Your word.
AWE: An overwhelming feeling of reverential respect or admiration mixed with fear or wonder.
Some may ask, “Why would I accept proofs for the Bible as the Word of God? Isn’t it just something you just accept by faith?” Biblical faith is trust rooted in good reasons for believing. Though Christianity is built upon a Person more than a book, the fact remains that the Scriptures are still awe-inspiring when you consider just a few things about the Bible…
Scientific considerations. When the Bible accurately gives the order of life emerging on earth as well as indicating the finite nature of the universe, including the truth of our expanding universe, the Anthropic Principle, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, it becomes evident that the Scriptures should be taken seriously by thinking people. What do you do when scientific discoveries of the last 150 years only confirm what the Bible recorded 3000 years earlier? That’s awe-inspiring. Other ancient religious writings (e.g., Quran) are continually discredited by modern scientific discoveries, yet the Bible appears to become more and more confirmed by various scientific discoveries. Rather than science being an enemy of Scripture, it has become more and more of a valuable ally.
Historical and Archaeological considerations. Whereas writings like the Book of Mormon are overwhelmingly discredited by historical and archaeological discoveries, the Bible is confirmed by these disciplines over and over throughout the years. Luke’s writings especially have been the guidebook for historical discovery, giving evidence that real people were writing about real places and real events.
The Resurrected Christ. The amazing evidence for Christ’s resurrection from the dead gives Him absolute credibility. Jesus Himself considered, quoted, and endorsed the Bible as accurate and authoritative. When an individual successfully raises Himself from a brutal, public death and burial, His endorsement of something should carry more weight than anyone else’s.
Prophecies fulfilled. As covered in the previous devotion, the Bible is unique in the correct and specific predictions of actual historical events that were fulfilled in ways that could not be misunderstood or manipulated to occur. No other religious writings or figures come close to the fulfilled prophecy of the Bible, yet others have had their public prophecies fail spectacularly (e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses) whenever they attempted similar predictions.
Literary beauty and flow of the Scriptures. Just on a literary basis, the Bible is awe-inspiring. The most popular book every year since the invention of the printing press, the Bible has a consistent theme interconnected over the development of 1600 years by 40 writers on 3 continents. The Bible is simply unmatched in the world of literature, written as a historical narrative with poetic and symbolic components, but myth or legend.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV - But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Proverbs 30:5 NIV - Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
How might the word of God shield you this week? How might the Scriptures teach, correct, or train you this week? In your spiritual life? In your work or finances? In relationships? In your decision-making? How is God using His word to set you more apart from this world’s system and making you more Christ-like?
John 17:16-17 ESV - They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.