In the year 1800, a 15 year old young girl, by the name of Mary Jones, walked, barefoot, 26 miles over mountainous terrain just to purchase her very own copy of the Bible.
Reading this inspiring account, it made me think that I, so often, take my Bible for granted. In America, if I need a Bible I have multiple ways of getting one within minutes; whether it’s an app on my phone, a paper copy lying around on my desk or a hard copy sitting in the pew. While having the living, breathing Word of God so easily in my reach is a good and beneficial thing, it’s also dangerous, for I no longer treasure the gift of having my very own Bible.
I remember watching a short video of African children getting Bibles for the very first time. I will never forget the happiness on their faces, as the vehicle with the Bibles arrived. There were shouts of joy and huge smiles. Many kissed and hugged their new Bible. This excitement often makes me ask myself, do I value God’s Word as much as these people?
The truth is, I usually don’t. My mind naturally considers the Bible as just another “book.” As Spurgeon puts it: “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” The Bible is not just any book, it’s the Word of God! It is living, able to teach, correct and train in righteousness, as 2 Timothy says.
Below, I’ve listed 4 ways that I’ve found to be very helpful, when I’m needing a reminder of how to savor the Bible again.
- Read. The more I read God’s Word, the more I want to keep reading it and the more I value it. “Happy are we to have God’s Word always to guide us! What were the mariner without his compass? And what were the Christian without the Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the haven of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows all the way.” Charles Spurgeon
- Listen. I enjoy listening to an audio Bible on Bible Gateway. This engages my sense of hearing, which grounds my faith in the Bible even more. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
- Pray. It is helpful when I pray the Scriptures back to God; it reminds me of His promises and truth. “Prayer is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian.” Charles Spurgeon
- Share. Whenever I have sat down and had a “heart to heart” conversation with someone, it has oftentimes left me hungering to learn more about God. I also like to share some of my favorite verses with people via texting or social media.
My Bible is a wonderful gift from God. It contains the life giving words of Jesus Christ. It shows people the way to be saved from themselves. It shows us the law which helps us to see our sin. And it gives hope to people who broken and hopeless.
May the Word of God be something you pick up today. May you find the life it gives and may you find that it quenches your thirst and satisfies your hunger.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11