Today’s Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Imagine that while you are walking out of the grocery store, I come up to you and say, “Put your hands in the air! You are under arrest!”
What would your response be? You would probably laugh at me.
Now imagine that as you walk out of the store, a police officer comes up to you and says, “Put your hands in the air! You are under arrest!”
What would your response be? You would probably listen.
What is the difference in those scenarios? The setting is the same. The words are the same. The only difference is the authority of the one who is speaking.
We are blessed to have the Bible to guide us and give us instruction. But the Bible is not a book of rules and advice given to us by men. It is the Word of God, and the Word of God reflects the character and the authority of God.
As Paul told the Thessalonians, “We also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Thankfully, God loves us enough to speak to us in his Word. Do we love him enough to listen?
Today’s Prayer: Father, thank you for speaking to us in your Word. Help me to read your Word, accept it, and obey it.
Matt Peek serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pelham and a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee.