The Everyday Sufficiency of Scripture
“How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways. You have ordained Your precepts, that we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established to keep Your statutes!” Psalm 119:2-5 NASB
I am known by family and friends for my bookworm-ish tendencies. I was actually trying to rearrange my two shelves several weeks ago and the amount of time it took me just to sort through the books was a little ridiculous. And more than half of them are Christian nonfiction; so believe me when I say that I understand how easy it is to undervalue the Bible in contrast with other literature.
Something that I have been convicted of lately is that I neglect the Word of God in favor of the words of man all too often. Obviously there is not anything wrong with solid Christian literature. I cannot overstate how much I have benefitted from the writings of C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Tim Keller, and so on. But do I itch to read Scripture as often as I do to read “Mere Christianity” or my “Morning & Evening” devotional? I admit with a heavy heart that I don’t – at least, not always.
I wonder if we just need to be reminded sometimes of the value of Scripture. It should be humbling and striking for us to think that the Bible is divinely inspired by the Creator and Master of the whole of reality. In Scripture, God Himself has spoken to us and revealed to us all of the knowledge necessary to commune with Him and then to live our lives to honor Him. It proclaims the gospel and the way to salvation (Romans 10:17). It is living, active, and judges the desires and motives of the human heart (Hebrews 4:12). It is a guiding light for God’s people in the midst of darkness (Psalm 119:105). No word of man’s will ever compare to it, and we ought not to forget this when we reach for a book and bypass the one that trumps them all in authority, power, and eternality.
Father, please help me to see the value of the Holy Scriptures. Thank You for seeing fit to speak to Your creatures and provide a way for us to know so much about who You are. Help me to love You more as I know You more, and convict me when I treat human literature as more beneficial than studying Your written Word.
Do you notice a difference in your mentality and attitude toward everyday life when you neglect to read and study Scripture? Think of some specific ways in which it is more reliable, effective, and inspiring than books written merely by humans such as ourselves. See Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:20; Jeremiah 23:29; 1 Peter 2:2-3; and John 6:63, 15:3.