Maybe you’re a New-Year’s-resolutions-type person. Maybe (like me) you’re not. Either way, I would like to encourage this, for all of us, for today and for 2023 and for the rest of our days:
Read the Bible.
Study the Bible.
This is where Truth is found.
Spend time and effort to learn and understand, in context, what the Bible says. (Context is very, very important! The context of the verse, the paragraph, the section, the book, the testament, the whole Bible. All of it matters. Each word was written in a specific context, and has specific meaning! And meanings can change dramatically based on the context. We can easily be fooled by things taken out of context – not just in the Bible, but most importantly in the Bible!)
Find out what the overarching theme is. The Bible is 66 different books, authored by God Himself and written by ~40 different men across ~1500 years…but there is a unified, overarching theme from beginning to end.
And it is Truth, and it is of utmost importance.
Jesus, praying to the Father about His followers: “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.” John 17:17
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:103-105
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Psalm 19; Psalm 119.