Sunday, June 05, 2011

I Don't Read My Bible

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  
Hebrews 4:12

Confession time... I didn’t read my Bible for about a year.  I took it out of my bag, put it on my desk, and haven’t read it since.  Shocking, I know, but it’s not what you think.  Last summer I purchased an iPad and when I got it I loaded a wide variety of study Bibles, different translations, Bible resources, and Bible apps that I have thoroughly enjoyed using over the last year, but my “old-fashioned” Bible that I read and studied had been put aside.  

Recently, Leslie and I went on a pastoral retreat where they frown on the use of electronics so I packed up my old Bible in my bag and took off.  I have to admit, while I didn’t have all the resources I’m used to with my iPad, I really enjoyed holding, turning the pages, reading, and highlighting my old Bible.  In fact, I’m finding myself using the old Bible more these days.

It’s important that we love the Bible.  It’s God’s Word to us!  It’s all He wants us to know about this life and the life to come.  There is nothing greater, no higher standard.  Read, memorize, study, listen to the Word of God.  Whatever you do, however you do it, make sure you get the Word inside of you!

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 
Psalm 119:11