February 1

You Make the Call

“Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17

Baseball umpire Durwood Merrill tells of his rookie year of umpiring in the majors the first time he had called balls and strikes with the famous pitcher, Nolan Ryan. 


The second pitch of the game was so fast, Merrill 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!” 


This story is a good illustration of what is happening in the world today. Change is occurring so fast that none of us can see it clearly. 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. There has never been a time when we have needed a standard more in our lives than today. We need a fixed point, a true north, an unchanging standard on which we can base our decisions and not have to worry about changing them. God has given us such a standard. It is the Word of God, the Holy Bible. It contains the rock-solid, never changing, always relevant truth.


Unbelievers might say the Bible is irrelevant and outdated. Believers know that “…the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) You make the call. 


Prayer for today: Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your Word. Let it be our daily guide in all we do. Through the Scriptures, You communicate Your plans for us, so that we may have richer spirit-filled lives. We ask Lord, that You soften our minds as we read Your Word that it may become food and water for our hearts and minds. Let it change us, so that we learn to live in a right relationship with You and with our fellowman. Help us to become people of purpose, teaching others about You through our character and our actions. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”