I was in a bookstore the other day and was looking at some books. I was in the section that was dealing with health foods and diets and found something amusing.
I looked at just some of the titles of the books that were together. Here are a few of them: Get Fit and Live, Eat This and Live, Have A New You By Friday, Basics of Dieting, I Can So Do This Diet. These were the titles and I’m not sure what was on the inside. But right beside these books were two others that caught my attention. They were: Love Food and Live Well and Just Desserts.
I thought it amusing that with all the books on health and dieting were the books on loving food and desserts. I don’t know about you, but I think I would just ignore the other books and go straight for the desserts. On many occasions I have done just that...and it shows.
We have all kinds of books today that give us instructions. The "How To" books are very popular. People today want to make things for themselves and even repair things themselves. These books give a step by step way of making something. As long as you can read you can figure out how to do any job. That doesn’t mean it will look professional when you are done, but at least you can have the sense of accomplishment in achieving something.
Of all the books we have to read, the greatest is the Word of God. We can have our mysteries, our romance, our history books, but the Word of God, the Bible, outranks them all.
Each year as we begin a new year, we are reminded to read through the Bible in a year. We may sometimes begin well, but then we fall away from reading. We may pick up a novel or a textbook of some kind, but we do not take time with the greatest and most popular book ever written. I realize that there are times that we can read words and not make any application to them. James reminds us to be "doers of the word and not hearers only." (Js. 1:22) Jesus said we are to let our lights shine so that people may "see your good works and glorify the Father in heaven." (Matt. 5:14-16)
I want to encourage everyone to take time to read their Bible. It has so much to offer. Not only do we find the things God wants us to do to be saved, but we read of mysteries, history, romance, etc., all in one book. See if you can find these things. God has given them to you.