Do you take the Bible for granted?

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We live in a day and age where the Bible is easily accessible. You can buy a printed copy for $5, get various version on the web for free, and even take it with you on your smart phone. Gone are the days when people felt the need to bring their Bible to church. Now, you can look up Scriptures from your phone or ipad, borrow a pew Bible, or the passages might even be printed in the bulletin/sermon guide for you.

The ease at which God’s Word is available to us is staggering. But what would happen if the reverse were true? What if you couldn’t pick up the Bible and read it whenever you wanted to? Would you miss it?

There are countries in our world today, chiefly China and North Korea, where the Bible must be smuggled across the borders to reach the people inside because printing and distribution is illegal. Can you imagine?

These thoughts came to me after reading Alone Yet Not Alone (review here). In this based-on-real-life story, children are taking captive by Indians. The only Word of God they have is what they carry inside them.

The Bible contains several passages which speak to this issue:

Proverbs 7:1-3

7:1 Follow my advice, my son;
always treasure my commands.
7:2 Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
7:3 Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.

Proverbs 3:1-4

3:1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
3:2 If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying.
3:3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
3:4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.

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Deuteronomy 6:6-9

And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20

18 So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.

In light of the fact that Scripture is essential to a Christ-follower, what should we do?

  • At a minimum, resolve to stop taking the Bible for granted. Remember to thank God that He has given us His Word to guide us. Treat it as the special gift that it is.
  • Write God’s Word on your heart. I have never been a big Scripture memorizer, but passages like these remind me of the need to internalize God’s Word. How better to equip ourselves for His service?
  • Give the gift of a Bible to someone who doesn’t have one through prison ministries, homeless shelters, or groups that are active in Bible smuggling.

What can you do today to stop taking the Bible for granted?

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