A great gift

Yesterday started a new month and one would assume my thoughts were of fall, pumpkin spice latte’s, and cooler temps perfect for gathering around a fire.   While all of these are amazing parts of October, my first thought was this: I can download a new book! As an Amazon prime member, I get a monthly download from a list of selling books. Honestly I would be fine with no TV on other than for weather emergencies. I would much rather read. Some of you get this. All others now question my sanity.

With the millions of published books and the hundreds I’ve read, I find myself returning to one book over and over. This book is without a doubt the number one best seller of all times. Thought numbers are challenging to calculate with the many that have been given away, several online searches have the number at 5 billion. That’s 5,000,000,000 books with second coming in much lower at 800 million.

God’s Word. The Living Word. The Good Book. The Bible.

In Psalm 102 I found a verse that has me thinking about why God inspired a variety of authors to pen such inspirtion, why men and women have diligently worked to translate, publish, and distribute bibles even in the face of persecution and death…

“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” Psalm 102: 18

I am so thankful to every person throughout history who contributed to this English translation sitting in my lap and for the many other languages available around the world. I am thankful for every American who has served and fought for our country that I may have the freedom to own, read, and even publish thoughts on the Bible.

But most of all I am thankful to my God who loves me enough to create such a powerful written witness of his love, grace, and mercy.

Now the question is- what will I do with it? What will you do with it? Will we let the book collect dust or will we wear out the binding learning more about the God who goes to so much trouble on our behalf? Will we be moved to praise God or disregard him again? Will we take in the truths and let it change us from the inside out or refuse the life alterations it offers?

As we move into the day, let’s ponder this great gift of the Bible. Let’s be honest about how much we let it shape our lives…

Lord, thank you for such a great gift as the Bible. May the truths within change me. Amen

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