THE BIBLE: JUST ANOTHER BOOK TO BE READ?

Here’s another thought provoker from Lee!  Enjoy! -anita

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When was the last time you picked up your Bible and read it? Actually read it (not just skim through a passage) and then pondered what you just read and how it applies to your life?

 

The Bible, of course, is more than just a book; the Bible is God’s own words on virtually every topic that affects our lives! Which is what He intended in the first place. God oversaw the pens of some 40 men who wrote the Holy Scriptures. When Jesus spoke of the Apostles and their words, He said it was not them (the Apostles) speaking but “the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” [Mt 10:19-20]

 

I never cease to wonder that God, in His great plan for His creation, gave us His own words—His thoughts, His wisdom, His truth—to guide us in living day-to-day. Beyond sending us His own Son to live and die for us, He gave us insights into His own mind!

 

I came across an interesting phrase the other day: a writer (Dr. Burk Parsons) said, “When I read the Bible, it reads me….” I love to encounter unusual phrases like that which cause me to stop dead in my tracks and ask myself, “Whoa, now what does the writer mean by that?!” His point was that, when we take the time to open and read the Bible, the Holy Spirit convicts us, comforts us, humbles us, and assures us of important truths. Reading the Bible is not just a physical or mental exercise, it’s also an emotional, educational and spiritual endeavor.  Dr. Parsons also said, “Anyone who says the Bible is boring isn’t reading the Bible with a heart of faith….”

 

Lots of people own one or more Bibles—according to Relevant magazine, the Bible still is by far the most read book in the world with over 4 billion copies bought in the last 5 years alone. I have traveled extensively for work over the last several years. Every time I packed for a trip I felt compelled to put my Bible and study devotionals in my suitcase. I just wanted my Bible there with me, no matter where I was. But having a Bible in your possession isn’t the same as sitting down and reading it and thinking deeply about what it’s telling you.

 

Dr. Parson noted that people everywhere are constantly looking for a word from God. He says, “If we want a special word from God, we need only open the Bible and read it….” Think about it: the words of the Bible are not thoughts from some author like J.K. Rowling or James Michener, even as successful and widely read as both of those authors are. No, the words of Scripture are God’s words; God is speaking to you and me in the pages of the Bible. I find that wonderfully incredible. I hope you do, too!

-Lee Pierce