I wake up most mornings with questions. That is, I think, just the process of starting a new day. Most of the time, there is nothing particularly profound about these questions; they’re mainly informational in nature:
- What happened in the news during the time I was sleeping?
- What is the schedule for the day?
- What is the weather going to be like?
- What’s for breakfast?
Again, not very profound. But there is one other questions that is. There is one other question that both you and I should be asking, and then answering, every single morning. That’s because this question is going to frame our actions, thoughts, emotions, and decisions all throughout the rest of the day. Here’s the question:
Is the Bible true?
Oh, what a question. What a quandary. And what an answer that changes everything.
For we might wake up asking any number of questions related to this. Today might have been a day when the first question that entered your mind was something like this:
Is today going to be any better than yesterday?
Is today the day when the pain will finally stop?
Is today the day when he will finally come home?
Is today the day when the job offer will come?
These are the questions of real life, and they’re all important questions. No – more than that. These are questions of the soul. And yet these are all questions that are informed by the answer to the first one:
Is the Bible true?
If the answer is no, or if the answer is maybe, then the answer to all your other questions is at best, I hope so. Or maybe. Or possibly. In the end, though, if you are not convinced the Bible is true, then you are placing all your hopes for that single day, and every other day that follows, on your ability to manufacture some measure of optimism for your current situation.
But if the Bible is true? That changes everything.
But it doesn’t change it in the sense that you can say, “Yes. Absolutely. Today the pain will stop.” Or, “Yes. Absolutely. Today is the day when I will no longer be out of work.” It does, however, give you the firm ground to restate the promises of God to your soul. And these promises, though they might not provide specific answers to these specific questions, do give you the rock solid assurance of who God is and what He is doing.
If the Bible is true, you might not stop hurting today. And your wayward son might not come home in the next two hours. But if the Bible is true, then you know that God is not absent. You know that He is conforming you to the image of His Son. You know that He will finish His work in you. You know that no matter the news of the day, God is bending history to the rule and reign of His Son, Jesus.
The answer to this question might not answer all the other ones, but it does reframe the manner in which you ask them. And it does change the way you wait for the answers to come.
Arise, Christian. Wake up today. And remind yourself that God’s Word is true. As the old song says:
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?