It is often said the Bible is irrelevant for today; out-of-date, old-fashion. It is referred to as not applicable to today’s fast-paced modern society and situations. There has been a push in many circles to disregard its doctrines, its reproofs, its rebukes, even in some areas of Christianity. To neglect the most relevant Book of all time is to man’s great peril, for in its pages one finds the struggles common to all mankind in every age and the victories God gives to overcome them.
It was Job who suffered the loss of loved ones and disease in his body (Job 1-2).
The three Hebrew children Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced refinement in the furnace of affliction as teenagers (Daniel 1-3).
Moses struggled with anger issues in killing the Egyptian taskmaster when he thought no one was looking and striking the rock when God had told him to only speak to it (Exodus 2; Numbers 20).
Peter was boastful of following Christ, even dying for Him, only to deny Him three times when confronted by others on crucifixion morning, suffering great shame for his act (Matthew 26).
The Apostle Paul suffered severe hardships at the hands of those who sought to silence his witness of the change that had taken place in his heart (Acts 22-28; II Corinthians 11).
There was the rich young ruler obsessed with riches, Zacchaeus’ promising to restore fourfold if he had defrauded anyone, Cain’s murder of his brother, David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth having to glean for sustenance, Solomon’s quest for knowledge, Jairus’ search for a cure for his daughter, and on and on (Luke 18,19; Genesis 4; II Samuel 11, Psalm 51; Ruth 2; Ecclesiastes 1; Mark 5). The Bible is full of human situations, tragedies, hope, redemption, love and the promise of receiving everlasting life though Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures overflow with examples of lives lived that are beneficial to living in today’s world with today’s people. Man has always had to reign in his emotions and be kind to his neighbor. He has always needed the peace of God to rule in his heart and mind to live successfully in this world and in the world to come. The precious words of Almighty God found in the Bible are just as relevant today as they were when Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked the earth, along with everyone else who lived during Bible times, including Jesus’ disciples when they walked the dusty trails beside Him listening to His very words, the Word of God.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime
were written for our learning,
That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures
might have hope.”