16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

What is something you’ve bought that you had to assemble (i.e. IKEA furniture, toys)? Do you typically use instructions when you build things, or do you set the instructions aside and try to figure it out on your own?

The best way to build furniture and toys is usually with instructions found in the box. The best way to build life is always on the instructions found in God’s Word. Paul wanted to make sure Timothy understood the inspiration and usefulness of Scripture in daily life. Paul noted that Scripture is inspired by God and therefore completely trustworthy. The complete contents of the Bible have God’s stamp of approval. The guidance of Paul and other godly figures in Timothy’s life was secondary and supplemental to the authority of God’s Word as the source of His revealed truth for His followers.

Because Scripture is inspired by God, it is useful to His followers in many ways. Bible study is one of the main ways God speaks to Christians. It is the way we learn about God and His will for our lives. The Bible is beneficial for teaching, so it’s beneficial for learning. Rebuke and correction make God’s Word useful for avoiding future sin. Training in righteousness points us to Christ; we can’t be righteous apart from Him. The Bible, when actively read, engages us with God Himself and provides us all we need to mature in our faith.

• Meditate on these two verses and then rewrite them in your own words.

• What three things could you do to make the Word of God more central in your day-to-day actions? Make a plan to implement at least one of these changes this week.

• Thank God for His promise to thoroughly equip you for every good work as you engage with Him in His Word. Ask Him to help you meditate on His Word throughout the day so that Scripture begins to come to mind and flow naturally in everyday conversations.