In the heat of battle, a soldier yelled to the captain,“The flag is far ahead, and the regiment has fallen ‘way behind the colors. Shall we bring the flag back to the regiment?”
The captain shouted back, “No! Bring the regiment up to the flag!”
Vance Havner added, “We Bible Christians have fallen far behind our colors. Shall we bring the Scriptures back to us, trim them to suit our unbelief? Let us rather catch up with the Scriptures, both in our explanations and our experiences!” 1
The Psalmist expressed his deep desire to keep God’s Word because he hoped in it (Psalm 119:145 – 147).
There are several reasons to hope in and stand on the Word of God.
They are a sure word of prophecy which shine as a light in a dark place (2 Peter 1:19 – 21). The Word of God makes men wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15). The Scriptures are an infallible guide in this life (Proverbs 6:23). In addition, the Scriptures tell of Christ (John 5:39).
A mechanic was called in to repair the mechanism of a giant telescope.
Reasons to hope
During the noon hour, the chief astronomer came upon the man reading the Bible.
“What good do you expect from that?” he asked. “The Bible is out of date. Why, you don’t even know who wrote it?”
The mechanic thought for a moment, then looked up.
“Don’t you make considerable use of the multiplication table in your calculations?”
“Yes, of course,” replied the astronomer.
“Do you know who wrote it?” “Why no, I have never met them.”
“Then,” said the mechanic, “how can you trust the multiplication table when you don’t even know who wrote it?”
“We trust it because – well, because it works,” the astronomer answered in an irritated mode.
“Well, I trust the Bible for the same reason – it works!” 2
“Would that this one Book were in every language, in every land, before the eye and in the ears and hearts of all men!” (Martin Luther). 3
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- Vance Havner, The Secret of Christian Joy, Fleming H. Revell Company, New York, NY, Copyright MCMXXXVIII, p. 23
- Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 40