I heard a story about a young man who was graduating from college who wanted a new car for his graduation gift. Finally, graduation day arrived, and his dad handed him a box. He opened it with anticipation, only to find a Bible inside. He was so angry and disappointed that he handed the box to his dad, walked away, and never spoke to him again.
Years later, his father died, and it was the young man’s responsibility to go to his father’s home to put his affairs in order. As he was looking through papers on his desk, he spotted the box. He opened it up, and sure enough, there was the Bible his father had given him.
For the first time, he opened the Bible. There inside the Bible was an envelope. He opened it and found a cashier’s check dated the same day as his graduation and made out for the exact amount of the car he wanted.
If he had taken time to open the Bible, he would have discovered that what he really wanted was there all along. Instead, he missed out on all that his father had done for him.
But there was something far more valuable in that Bible than a cashier’s check for a new car, because the Bible contains the words of eternal life. It is the user’s manual for living. Our Heavenly Father has so much that He wants to show us, if only we will read, believe, and apply the Word of God. Yet so few people really take the time to find out what it has to say.
In fact, have you ever noticed how people react when you pull out a Bible?
I have seen people visibly recoil from the mere sight of the Bible. The Bible is a powerful book, not just because of what it says, but because people know that something of significance is inside.
Reflecting on this significance, David wrote in Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Let’s consider a few things from this verse. The phrase, “the law of the Lord,” in Psalm 19 is a Hebrew term used to describe Scripture. You could just as easily insert the phrase, “the Bible.”
First, we read that the Word of God is perfect. There is nothing that you need to add to the Bible and nothing that you need to take away from it. What’s more, as society changes, you don’t have to flow with the winds of change.
You can stand on the firm foundation of God’s Word. By that, you can know right from wrong. The Bible is the roadmap to knowing God.
Second, we’re told that the Word of God transforms us. If you read the Word of God and really believe it, then it will change your life. As Hebrews 4:12 says, “The word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are” (NLT).
I don’t know about you but I need living power in my life. This book is living power that can change your life if you believe it, do it and trust God for the results!!
Third, we see that the Word of God gives incredible wisdom. The Hebrew word translated as simple in verse 7 comes from a root word that speaks of an open door. It was the idea of someone having a mind like an open door, through which everything comes in and goes out. This person doesn’t know what to keep in, what to throw out, or what is right and what is wrong.
Such a person is simple-minded. But even the simple-minded can become wise by reading God’s Word.
Ultimately, success or failure in the Christian life depends upon how much of the Bible you get into your heart and life on a regular basis and how obedient you are to it. If you are not reading the Word of God, then it only will be a matter of time until you will fall apart spiritually.