The Word of God
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
– Psalm 119:11.
The Bible is not to be studied as any other book, for it is a living book that will guide your life and inform your decisions. In Jesus’ day, there were men called the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, angels or demons, or an afterlife. Yet they revered the books of Moses and were the ruling class of Israel’s priesthood. They had probably memorized much of the Old Testament and had firm theological beliefs and were convinced they were “right.” So when they came to test Jesus with questions about the resurrection and afterlife, they were confident they could confuse Him and prove the rightness of their interpretations Jesus started His response to them by saying, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” (Mark 12:24). Jesus told the Bible experts they did not know the Bible! Why do you study God’s word? To gain knowledge or to learn how to live? Do you argue Scripture with others, trying to prove the rightness of your position instead of using it to work toward the rightness of your heart that God requires? As today’s verse advises, do you store verses and concepts in your heart that you may live a righteous life?
Today’s reading – Psalm 119
John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.
Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.
John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.