How many times have you looked to the Bible and it was there waiting for you, full of wisdom and encouragement and life? It is our spiritual source of life and what feeds our spirit. I love my Bible. I mean really love it. Sometimes I feel like it’s my best friend. There have been times when I was in emotional turmoil and it saved my sanity. There have been times I didn’t know how to pray and so I just picked it up and held it in my arms. There have even been times when I have fallen asleep with it. We are so blessed in this country to be able to buy a Bible any time we like. We have that freedom. I treasure it.
I almost always take the Bible in my suitcase when taking a trip. Just to know it’s with me is a comfort and I know I can open it and find life and truth. If you are a Christian it is your lifeline. So I encourage you today to recognize the Bible for what it is: the infallible word of God, given to us to strengthen us and teach us the ways of faith. It teaches us to be more like Jesus and to see his example. I heard one pastor say, “It teaches us to live, and prepares us to die.” I couldn’t say it any better than that.
There is much value in fellowship and prayer groups and the gathering together of believers. But don’t forget the power and insight reading your Bible by yourself gives you. I have memorized long passages of the Bible and it comes in handy when in a tough situation. For instance, while enduring medical tests and waiting I have recited Psalm 139 to myself. Or Psalm 23. Or the Lord’s Prayer. I guess what I am saying to you today is hide God’s Word in your heart. Memorize as much as you can and it will always be with you. No matter where your travels take you or what circumstances you find yourself in. And when you can, have a Bible within arm’s length.