“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11.
“Life without books is like an unsharpened pencil…it has no point.” When I saw this quote recently, I immediately wanted to re-word it to read: “Life without the Bible is like an unsharpened pencil…it has no point.”
My daughter and son-in-law recently moved into a new home and chose to use one room just as a library. I had the privilege of unpacking boxes and boxes of books and arranging them on the shelves. There were books of History, travel, inspiration, biography, fiction, and many other genres. One shelf contained Bibles in English and some in other languages. It was hard not to open each book and peruse its pages. This room could provide hours of reading for several people.
Our world is full of books, but the greatest Book of all is the Bible. Within its pages are thrilling stories of God’s love and interaction with mankind from the beginning of time. There are mysteries, romance, history and so many other things to read about. It records not only good and pleasant things, but evil things that happened as well. We know that all the records are true and inspired by God for us to learn from. And of course, it contains the story of God’s great love for mankind in coming to earth, living our example, dying on the cross, and rising again so that we might have eternal life.
II Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
II Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
I love to read, and I am sure that there are many of you who feel the same. But the best book that we can ever read is the Bible. It contains everything that we need to know to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ. It should always have first place on our reading list. A daily time spent reading it, is as essential to our spiritual life as our daily food is to our natural bodies.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your Word which you have provided for us. Help us to value it, cherish it and strive to live by its teaching each and every day.
Devotion by Anne Johnston