Use Your Bible
I Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word”
Once, many years ago, I was in a children’s Sunday School class where each child was given a Bible. The Bible was small and had a zipper to close it up. After we were presented with the Bible, I can still vividly picture in my mind this pleasant looking teacher holding up one of these Bibles and saying “Do you know what I want you to do? I want you to wear this zipper out!” as she demonstrated moving the zipper up and down.
Many words have been spoken and forgotten in my lifetime, but those words remained implanted in my mind. This Sunday School teacher wanted us to read our Bibles and use our Bibles to the point that we wore the zipper out.
The written Word of God is precious and should be treated with respect. It should not be tossed about carelessly or left lying around in an unprotected area. It should have a “reserved,” special place in our homes, so we will always know where to find it.
But it should be used. This means it can be marked with care—
1. We should feel free to underline special passages which help us find verses easily and quickly, making notes on the sidelines and writing references to other sections in the Bible.
2 We should feel free to make notes on the sidelines to remind us of ideas that we might easily forget.
3. We should feel free to write references to other sections in the Bible that corollate with similar ideas.
4. We should also take passages and commit them to memory, Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
5. And we should never stop digging into the Scriptures in our pursuit to know more about God, His attributes, His will and His way of working in our lives. Hosea 6:3 “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD.”
In other words—— Wear your Bible out! Once, the Bible I used regularly started falling apart. I wanted so much to have it rebound. Overlooking the cost, which at that time was too great for our budget, my husband moved ahead with my desire and carried it to a bindery. Soon it was beautifully repaired and soon the Lord honored my heartfelt desire and gave us back the cost of the rebinding in an amazing way.
One more encouragement to “Use your Bible” is a quote from the great preacher C H Spurgeon: ” A well-marked Bible is the sign of a well-fed soul.”