This world is filled with every kind of book you can imagine. Solomon said of books, “…Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh” (Eccl 12:12). There are people who are avid readers of worldly books. One might say that there is a lot to learn by reading all these varieties of books. Luke wrote of those who had once practiced magic who were later converted to Christianity to have burned their expensive books in the sight of everyone (Acts 19:19). But that is not the book in question in this lesson. The Holy Bible contains 66 books filled with chapters and verses dating back to the origin of mankind. It is said to have had 40 authors who were all inspired to write God’s Holy Word. By its own account, this Word was described as perfect and capable of saving one’s very soul from eternal damnation (Ps 18:30 f; Eph 1:13). How much do we love that book?
Most people have a vast library known as The Holy Bible, and yet they never read it. Maybe they are in love with the leather binding, the gold-edged leaves, or just its smell. Perhaps they view owning a Bible and displaying it on a coffee table as warding off evil. Even so, most bibles are nothing more than dust collectors and are rarely used as intended.
The question above is not inquiring about your feelings toward a sometimes expensive leather-bound book and how it looks, but how you feel about what it says. How much in love are you with its message, as opposed to its appearance?
Is it only a book we pick up as a last resort in times of desperation? Is it only a family record book wherein deaths and marriages are logged? Is it only a depository for recipes and pressing flowers? Or…is it a book we love without measure?
Without question, each one of us loves God’s Word to some degree. However, the question is meant to be a piercing one, as opposed to what degree do we love God’s Word? Can we honestly say along with David, “I love your commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold” (Ps.119:127). And again he said, “Your word is very pure, therefore your servant loves it” (Ps 119:140). Can we wholeheartedly agree with Solomon who claimed,“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver” (Pro.16:16)! Are we willing to “buy the truth and sell it not” (Prov 23:23)? Are we willing to study God’s Word in order to be approved of God (2 Tim 2:15)? Are we like David who wrote about a godly man, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:2)?
The apostle Paul spoke of loving God’s Word was an ominous warning. “…because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess 2:10-12). Jesus said, “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me” (John 14:24). Bottom line is this, if we love God we also love His Word. If we love God’s Word we will obey Him (Jn 14:15). John wrote, “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this, we know that we are in Him” (1 Jn 2:5)
May we pray to attain and retain this level of joy concerning God’s Word, “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches“ (Ps.119:14). The question begs, “How much do you love God’s Word?”