The problem is not that God hasn’t spoken but that we haven’t listened.
Imagine your reaction if I were to take a telephone book, open it up, and
proclaim, I have found a list of everyone who’s on welfare! Or what if I
said, Here is a list of college graduates! Or, This book will tell us who
has a red car. You’d probably say, “Now wait a minute — that’s not the
purpose of that book. You’re holding a telephone book. Its purpose is
simply to reveal the name and number of residents of a city during a
certain time frame.”
Only by understanding its purpose can I accurately use the telephone book.
Only by understanding its purpose can I accurately use the Bible…
The purpose of the Bible is simply to proclaim God’s plan to save His
children. It asserts that man is lost and needs to be saved. And it
communicates the message that Jesus is the God in the flesh sent to
save his children.
Though the Bible was written over sixteen centuries by at least forty
authors, it has one central theme — salvation through faith in Christ.
Begun by Moses in the lonely desert of Arabia and finished by John on
the lonely Isle of Patmos, it is held together by a strong thread: God’s
passion and God’s plan to save his children.
What a vital truth! Understanding the purpose of the Bible is like setting
the compass in the right direction. Calibrate it correctly and you’ll
journey safely. But fail to set it, and who knows where you’ll end up.
From "Let the Journey Begin": God’s Roadmap for New Beginnings