Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long.” – Psalm 119:97.
The Bible is a one-of-a-kind book in many ways. It has impacted the countries and people all over the world ever since it was written. Reading it can leave you inspired, amazed, horrified, and challenged. The Bible is not just any old book that was written centuries ago and as a result, is no longer relevant today. It is the inspired word of God. It is amazing just how much these texts are still immensely convicting and practical even though they are thousands of years old. It was written by 40 men from 3 continents over the course of 1,500 years yet is without contradiction. It is “alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12.)
Every time that you read the Bible, God can speak to you and touch you in a new way. Our Bible is always there almost at arms reach for a lot of us and yes we do sometimes view our reading of it as a duty. It begs the question, do we take the Bible for granted?
Last week, we looked at individuals and groups of people that have suffered for the gospel of Jesus Christ. When researching for those devotionals I came across a video of a group of Chinese believers who opened a suitcase that was full of Bibles (see video) Their expressions and emotions are like those you’d expect from people who had lost their children and had finally found them again, or maybe like those who escaped a life and death situation. No, their joy was a result of receiving their first Bible in a country where Bibles are illegal. A woman says, “this is what we needed most.” Before they received this suitcase they had a community Bible. They would tear out sections and pass them out so everyone would have a part of God’s Word. Now they each have their own Bible and they are ecstatic.
After watching these dear brothers and sisters hold their very own Bible for the first time, you have to pause for a second and do a Bible inventory. If we gathered all the Bibles in the house it would probably number well above 10. We probably have several versions including a children’s version, the ESV, NIV, and NLT, and maybe a large type version because our eyes are not as good as they used to be. And then we need to add another 10 or more digital versions that are readily available on any device.
So here’s the question I asked myself. If I have say 12 Bibles at home do I get 12 times as excited as they are? That may not be possible but taking the Word of God for granted is very possible. Am I more passionate about things that don’t really matter long term than I am for God’s Word? The Psalmist reminds us “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” (Psalm 119:37)
- Do you take God’s Word for granted sometimes?
- What can we do this week to ensure we don’t take God’s Word for granted?