through His Word
Last week my Bible turned 15 years old. It’s an Indiana Jones Bible. Its leather edges are torn, its pages are crinkled, and its spine has been saved with tape more than once. It has survived 4 years of college, countless trips and adventures, daily quiet times, ink smears, and tears. It graciously accepted my colored pen phase—its verses are underlined, boxed, and starred in bright blue, pink, and purple. Just about every white space has notes, poems, and outlines crammed into them. This Bible has been loved. We’ve been through a lot together.
Do you have a Bible like that?
I know the Bible is alive and powerful because its truths have shaped my life. In my teen years, Psalms taught me who God is—a refuge, defender, and hero. Proverbs showed me how to walk with wisdom in college. Just a few years ago, Isaiah revealed a deeper understanding of the nature and character of God—He allows discipline to come into our lives because of sin, but He will graciously heal, rescue, and redeem us when we turn to Him in repentance. Deuteronomy taught me that God is all about love. He gave us His law to show us how to love Him and to love others. Joshua tells us to drive out the spiritual enemies in our lives and to leave none remaining. Nehemiah shows how to build up the strength and joy of God’s people. Ezra is a manual on leadership.
Second Timothy is a battle plan for spiritual victory. Matthew is about how to live by faith. Revelation tells how the world will end and how Jesus will triumph over all. The Bible is an instruction book for life. It’s not silent words sitting on a page. It’s alive and powerful, changing the heart and renewing the mind. It is a guide, a comfort, and a sword of truth.
Three verses in my Bible have the most dates written beside them, dates that reflect when I desperately needed that verse or understood what it meant. Six times I put dates besides these gems in Scripture:
- “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9, NKJV). This is my favorite verse.
- “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name” (Psalm 86:11, NKJV). This is my heart’s desire.
- “I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble” (Proverbs 4:11-12, NKJV). This is my comfort that God will guide me through life.
So I celebrate the treasures that God has taught me from His Word, and I cherish the fifteen-year-old Bible that has helped me to grow up. I received it the year I graduated from high school, and it has guided me through the most important and hardest years of my life.
Do you have a Bible that you treasure? Is there a verse that you have put a date beside? Tell me about it, and let’s hide God’s Word in our hearts and proclaim it for all to hear!
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