The BOOK of books

Books written by men have value–like having a teacher.  But have you noticed how seductive they can be.  It is easy to be captivated by one “inspirational book” after another so much that there is no time left for reading God’s word.I begin to wonder.  Am I depending on God, or on the man who teaches me about God?

How about this question for a measuring rod? Does this writer (teacher) send me back to the Bible with a deeper insight into a passage of Scripture and more faith in God?  Or does he/she motivate me to want to read the next book he has written, or another writer’s book on the same subject?  Am I going from book to book, or from book to God?

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no vital truth written in any book that is not stated better and in fewer words in the Bible.  We may not recognize it until we hear or see it in another story or illustration, but it is there–in pure and distilled form, like the essential nutrients in the food we eat, the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids,etc.

Am I trusting God or man?   Processed food and “processed” books are appetizing, and I’m as easily hooked as anyone.  But I have gained so much this time through Job, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah and now in the middle of Jeremiah.  The Living Word.

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2 responses to “The BOOK of books

  1. EddieM

    Thank you for your thoughts on this. I regularly have to reevaluate my reading time to make sure I am not taking in more Bible substitutes rather than the reading the Word.

    In rereading your post, it occurred to me, couldn’t the same be said for listening to sermons? Relying on a weekly Sunday sermon might leave folks feeling anemic to use the food analogy.

    In any case, it is always an encouragement to me to see lives transformed when they are open to the Living Word.

  2. I’ve thought the same thing about sermons. More specifically, a Christian who depends on the Sunday sermon for his “shot in the soul” is usually a weak brother or sister. The Christian who has a daily conversation with God, reading and praying, has something to offer to others…and we are to meet to encourage one another. Hebrews 10:25.

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