Steps to Peace


Greg Laurie writes in his new book, How To Know God:

The Bible is God's way of preparing us in every way,fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

It reminds me of a true story I heard about a young man who was graduating from college. It was his hope that his father would give him a new car for a graduation present. Many of the other graduates were getting new cars from their dads,so this young man wanted one too.He had even picked out the car he wanted and told his father about it.When the day to his graduation finally arrived, this young man was shocked when his dad did not hand him the keys to a car, but rather a brand new Bible. He was so outraged that he turned and walked away,leaving his father holding the Bible. In fact, he was so bitter he cut off contact with his father and never spoke to him again. When His Father died he went to his house to prepare for the funeral and help get his father's affairs in order. There, sitting on a shelf, he noticed the Bible his father had given him years before. He blew off the dust and, with tears in his eyes, opened it for the first time. Much to his astonishment, he found an envelope tucked inside the Bible with his name on it. Inside was a cashier's check, made out to him, for the exact price of the car he had picked out. He never realized what his father had done for him because he did not open his Bible.

As sad as that story is, we essentially do the same thing when we never open the book our HEAVENLY FATHER has given to us.Inside is something far more valuable than a cashier's check. In It Are the words of LIFE. In it is the truth about how to get to heaven. What could be more valuable than that?

17) For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!

18) So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.   (NLT) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

New Believer's Bible New Testament: New Living Translation (New Living Translation)
By Greg Laurie