By Andy Deane
On the day I proposed to Shannon I gave her a diamond ring. During most of our engagement we were separated by 3,000 miles—she lived in California and I was in New Jersey. Shannon told me that whenever she missed me she would look at the ring on her finger and be filled with joy. It reminded her that soon we would be together, forever. She treasured that ring, not just because of its beauty, but also because of the promise that it symbolized.
In much the same way, God gave us His Word to remind us of His great love for us, and that, one day; we will be with Him forever. As we meditate on it our hearts will rejoice as those who find great treasure.
To rejoice means to be filled with great joy or delight; it implies a spontaneous reaction to something that is deeply pleasing. However, as a pastor, I don’t always see Christians responding to God’s Word in this way. It grieves me, and makes me wonder how many believers really enjoy their time in the Scriptures—how many actually open their Bibles expecting to find rich treasure in its pages.
One of the reasons I wrote, Learn to Study the Bible, is because I want Christians to be excited about studying God’s Word for themselves. I want them to know that with a little effort, a vast storehouse of biblical truth is theirs to find and keep.
Recently, I came across this portrayal of the Word of God as I was thumbing through a Gideon Bible. These are some great reasons to read and rejoice at His Word!
This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's character.
Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully.
It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.
The Bible is indeed a place of great discovery for God’s people. In it the character and purposes of our God and His will for our lives are revealed. Those who study it find that the treasure contained on every page is Jesus, Himself. He is the living soul of Scripture—our future Bridegroom—Jesus is the reason we rejoice at God’s Word!
“I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” — Psalm 119:162
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