“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” -Psalm 119:105
Charles Spurgeon once said, “A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't.” I’ve seen this play out time and time again. In fact, when I have the privilege to officiate the funeral for a senior believer, one of the first things I ask to see is their bible. I love seeing the notes that people write in their bibles, the things that the Lord has taught them. The passages of Scripture that spoke most to them. It has often been the foundation for the funeral sermon that I preach. The unfortunate reality is that the opposite is also true. I have preached funerals for men and women who have never even cracked a bible open, and their life was often falling apart. Why is this? How can it be that a book can lead to such differences in lifestyles and outlooks? We believe the bible is more than just an old book. We believe that it is the Word of God, meaning God spoke through prophets and the Apostles and they recorded what he wanted them to write through the power of His Spirit. We believe that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Word is a lamp for our feet and a light to the path of life. This is why Paul encourages Timothy to “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:13).
Putting it into Practice
Whether or not I have the privilege to officiate your funeral, someday someone will. What will your bible say about your walk with Christ?
Lord we cannot thank you enough for the gift you have given us through the written Word. May you fill our hearts with a renewed hunger for your word today. In Jesus Name, Amen.