My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it wiser to read your Bible thoroughly? For the one who reads all of God’s Word will never be “sorry” he hadn’t searched it more thoroughly?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’m a bit of a book collector. Or, perhaps you could say, I just can’t throw a book away. There are bookcases throughout our house and boxes of books stacked in the attic still looking for a place in one of those bookcases. One unfortunate aspect of book collecting is that the more and more you collect, the fewer and fewer you’re able to actually read. One regret that I’ve always had is that I might someday neglect to open a book that had something hidden within a book treasure. I had that point driven home recently when I opened a book of poems by Edwin Markham. I’ve had it in my collection for over forty years as it had belonged to a former employer who had given it to me, along with boxes of other books, as a going away gift when the company closed and he decided not to take his collection of books with him. Never opened it once, however. And, because I never bothered to look, I missed the fact that the book was a first edition. And, even more importantly, it bore the author’s own signature on the title page, something that would make the book far more valuable to a collector.
A first edition book signed by the author is rare and valuable. Yet, compared to the Bible that may be collecting dust on your coffee table, it pales by comparison.
Here’s a story: A man was out walking in the desert when a voice said to him, “Pick up some pebbles and put them in your pocket, and tomorrow you will be both sorry and glad.” The man obeyed. With some hesitancy he stooped down and picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket, all the while looking heavenward for the source of the voice and picking up the pebbles in a measured manner. That night he went to sleep wondering about that voice and skeptical as to what value a pocket full of pebbles might be. The next morning he reached into his pocket and found diamonds, rubies and emeralds. And he was both glad and sorry. Glad that he had taken some . . . sorry that he hadn’t taken more. And so it is with God’s word. We are hesitant to open it because it seems like just a book, thereby neglecting the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures that lay within. (Anonymous)
The thing about the Bible that makes it so precious is that it is a rule for our life in its entirety. When we open it only on occasion to pull a passage here and a chapter there, we find truth and value but we miss the real treasure that awaits the one who reads it thoroughly. As it is good to collect books, it is also good to own a Bible. But, as it is wise to search those books before putting them into a bookcase, it is even wiser to read your Bible as a whole. For the one who reads all of God’s Word, he will never be “sorry” he hadn’t taken more.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Word in its entirety so that we might be able to search it and discover its secrets for daily living. Forgive us when we pick at our opportunities to read and search it more thoroughly. Help us Lord to discover your Word with a glad heart, never sorry that we have not used it more wisely. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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