Daily Devotion: Thursday
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 4
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 2:1-22
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:1-4
Luke informs us of one main object he had in view in writing his Gospel. It was that Theophilus "might know the certainty of those things wherein he had been instructed."
There is no encouragement here for those who place confidence in unwritten traditions, and the voice of the church. Luke well knew the weakness of man's memory, and the readiness with which a history alters its shape both by additions and alterations, when it depends only on word of mouth and report. What therefore does he do? He takes care to "write."
There is no encouragement here for those who are opposed to the spread of religious knowledge, and talk of "ignorance as the mother of devotion." Luke does not wish his friend to remain in doubt on any matter of his faith. He tells him that he wants him to "know the certainty of those things wherein he had been instructed."
Let us close the passage with thankfulness for the Bible. Let us bless God daily that we are not left dependent on man's traditions — nor need we be led astray by ministers' mistakes. We have a written volume, which is "able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15.)
Let us begin Luke's Gospel with an earnest desire to know more ourselves of the truth as it is in Jesus, and with a hearty determination to do what in us lies to spread the knowledge of that truth throughout the world.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that we do not have to base our faith on emotions, traditions, or religion. Please help me to be more thankful for the Bible, which has no mistakes.
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.