My Bible: Twenty-nine years of love

I love God’s Word.  That love began the moment God changed my heart and my mind.  It is a love which will continue.  The reasons are simple.  I love God’s Word because of what it is and because of what it does.

Here is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.  It is Scripture on Scripture.

“The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes. GOD’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of GOD are accurate down to the nth degree. God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries. There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar” (Psalm 19:7-14; The Message).

I love God’s Word because it is God’s Word.  God has communicated.  Last night I studied the introduction to Luke and Acts.  Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle pointed out something to me that I had not fully considered:  Theophilus is one of the heroes of the Bible.  Do you remember Theophilus?  Scholars believe that he is the wealthy benefactor who supplied Luke with the resources needed for his investigative reporting (Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1).  Having been radically changed by God through the gospel, Theophilus joyfully assisted Luke by providing the means Luke needed to interview the eye witnesses and record the history of the early church (Acts).  How thankful should we be for these two men?!

I love God’s Word because of what it does.  God uses it to transform lives.  He has used it to transform my life.  We find this concept in the passage printed above.  God’s Word is great and God’s Word does great things.  It points us to Christ and what a Christ-centered life looks like lived in a Christ-neglecting culture.  It reminds us of the beauty of purity and the heinousness of sin.  It convicts.  It comforts.  It exhorts.  It instructs.  How thankful should we be for this gift?!

Have you been reading God’s Word?  I highly recommend it!  I know one thing–I don’t plan to put it down!

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