When my kids were little, we lived with my parents for a couple of months while I was getting back on my feet. A hand up is welcome relief when you are leaving an abusive marriage. We arrived at my parents on a Friday afternoon and on Sunday morning, we were in church. I had grown up in church but my children had only been a few times.
At lunch that day, my son asked his grandmother about those “Bible-things” everybody had with them at church. He also wondered why he didn’t have one. So it’s not a big surprise that we went that afternoon and bought Bibles for both the kids, is it?
Where’s my Bible?
I was reminded of my son’s desire for his own Bible this week when our campus pastor came in to the office with one of our children. It seems he had promised this boy a Bible several days ago. And that morning in the cafeteria, the boy asked, “Where’s my Bible?” Jim promised to bring one to him later in the day. But the next time Jim saw the boy, he hadn’t had a chance to get the Bible out of his office.
You know what’s coming next right? As soon as the boy saw Jim for the second time that day, he asked, “Where’s my Bible?” And when Jim said he still didn’t have it, the child flung himself in the floor crying. Well, of course, Jim calmed the child and told him to ask the cottage parent if he could take a walk with Jim. So they went straight to Jim’s office to retrieve the Bible!
Out of the mouths of babes
It occurs to me that I take the word of God for granted many times. I know what my Bible is. I have multiple copies, along with access on every device I own. So maybe it’s easy to think that God’s word will always be available for me.
The Psalmist wrote,
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
And I’m convicted about the depth of love for God’s word in this Psalm. Not to mention the desire of children to have their very own copy!
The testimony today is that we are fortunate to have such easy access to God’s word in this country. It’s not the case for everyone in the world. And I don’t want to take it for granted anymore. I want to meditate on God’s word daily because it is the way I get to know our Father.
And I hope to keep that question on my lips at all times – Where’s my Bible?
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