It is this time of year that people flock to the shopping malls for last minute shopping, and just to be a part of the “event” of Christmas shopping. When I was in my High School years, I went to the mall most Friday nights. Before you judge me, let me explain. I had a youth worker from my local church that went to the mall every Friday night to hand out tracts and to witness to people. He invited me to come with him, and I agreed. We spent many Friday nights arguing and debating issues like reincarnation, and transcendental meditation, and whether there really was a Heaven or Hell. It was a great time of “on the job training” for me.
My fear and frustration came in that I did not know my Bible enough at that time (even though saved for about ten years) to adequately defend or present what I believed. One of the greatest advertisements I can give for reading your Bible every day is that you cannot know it if you are not living in it every day! The writer of Proverbs wrote, “That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee” (Proverbs 22:21).
I want this verse to be true of me. First, I want to know the “certainty” of the words. There are those around us every day who are telling us that the Bible is not true; that it is a book of fables for weak minded people; or that it is outdated and not relevant for the days we live in. The people that say those things have never read this Bible. I want to read it and allow the Holy Spirit of God to guide me into its deepest truths so that I can know the “certainty” of what it is saying. That word means evenly balanced; the actual weight of something; the reality of it. I want to know the realities of Scripture for my own life and the life of those I influence.
The second part of the verse says that this knowledge of Scripture is important so that I can “answer the words of truth to them that send unto” me. There are people with real questions today. There are people who are genuinely searching for the truths that we know from the Bible. I want to know my Bible well enough that when they have a question, I will know the answer from my Bible. There have been many times when someone has asked me a question like I am describing and I was without an answer. I silently prayed, asking the Holy Spirit to guide my heart to the right answer. I have seen it happen many times when praying this way that I recall a verse I have read, or a passage that deals with the exact question that has come. We need to be students of the Word so we can answer words of truth!