Yesterday I heard the story of a man who had recently converted to Christianity. The great desire of his heart was to know God through His Word so he fashioned an idea. He had his secretary type out each book of the Bible and one by one she mailed each letter to him. So instead of it being, for example, “To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae,” (Colossians 1:2) it was addressed to this man, with a return address of Heaven. With each new letter (27 NT and 39 OT books), this man came to know more of the living God.
Just imagine getting a letter in the mail from God. We would dissect every word, pour over ever thought, and take comfort in every promise. There’s no question we would read it again and again and again, knowing that the God of the universe cared enough to send us a letter. We would do our best to follow every teaching and instruction from the Lord, with the hope that He would find us faithful.
I think you know where I am going with this, but let’s go there anyway. We cannot even begin to imagine what a precious gift the Bible really is. There is a sense in which the Bible is God’s love letter to His children. God has written this letter in order that we might know Him and know ourselves and know how to live. Without this knowledge of God and His Son Jesus Christ, we have no hope. How tragic it is that all too often our Bible’s only serve to collect dust.
Friend, do you want to know God? Then open your Bible and read God’s letter. Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to give you ears to hear and eyes to see God’s truth. Pray that the Spirit would give you an appetite for the Word and a desire to obey it. What a remarkable thing it is to have the very Word of God! Let’s take advantage of this precious gift.
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)