The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. (Ps. 119:138)

WHEN A MAN MAILED A BIBLE, the postal clerk asked, “Is there anything breakable in this package?”

“Yes,” the man replied, “the Ten Commandments.”

Actually, when we disregard the Ten Commandments, we don’t break them; we break ourselves. We were created to follow the instruction manual. God’s Word is our infallible guide.

Sadly, our culture disregards Scripture as a source of authority, relying on personal experience, human reasoning, and public opinion instead. We’ve gone squishy. Perhaps it’s consumerism. Maybe it’s the “me generation” coming of age. It could be the tremendous influence of the entertainment industry in recent decades: obtaining values from Hollywood rather than the Holy Word.

Many people are under the impression that it doesn’t make any difference what you believe, as long as you believe something. Of course, this is faulty logic. For instance, you might believe it’s safe to step out of a flying airplane without a parachute, but you’ll come to a rude awakening in a few seconds. What we believe is vitally important.

In old English, the word believe means “live by.” If a faith isn’t worth living, it’s not worth much. God’s Word always rings true, and nobody regrets living by it. It is the perfect guide for living.

Firmly plant your beliefs and faith in God and His Word.

Mark O. Wilson is senior pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, and author of Filled Up, Poured Out (WPH) and Purple Fish (WPH).