DAY 5

YOU MAKE THE CALL

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

Baseball umpire Durwood Miller tells of his rookie year of umpiring in the major leagues. On the mound was the famous pitcher, Nolan Ryan. The second pitch of the game was so fast that Miller never saw it. He froze, unable to make the call. Finally he yelled somewhat tentatively, “Strike!” The batter backed out of the box and said, “Ump, don’t feel so bad, I didn’t see it either!”

That story is a good illustration of what is happening in our world today. Change is occurring so fast that none of us can see it clearly. A new set of glasses won’t help, either. Yet we have to make vital calls and daily decisions about very important things, all the time wondering if we are making the right ones. We’re hoping we don’t strike out!

We desperately need a clear standard — a fixed point, a true north. We need an unchanging standard on which we can base our decisions. The exciting news is that God has given us such a standard. It is His Word, the Bible. It contains the rock-solid, never changing, relevant truth. It is absolute truth about life. The truth on how to live every day!

When we base our lives on the principles and promises of Scripture, we stand rock solid at the plate of life, regardless of how fast the pitcher throws the ball at us from the mound of the world.

Let the scoffers and naysayers from the stands say the Bible is irrelevant and outdated. True followers of Christ know “the Word of God is living and active.” It feeds and nourishes our souls, giving spiritual strength to our lives. 

Today, make the call from the playbook of life — the Word of God — and live confident in your decision.