Yesterday I found out how prideful and snobby I have always been about people who lose their Bibles at church, of all places!
That's because that is where I found mine (missing since August 19, see here). It was right on the eye-level shelf of the Lost and Found closet. And as I spit and sputtered trying to explain how odd it was for me to have left it there – unfathomable, unbelievable, I realized I am really so full of disgusting pride.
But now I also have gratitude to whoever found it and placed it safely where I should have already looked, for goodness' sake. And it's like home. Weird, but using other Bibles, even ones that were at one time "the" one for me, it was more like I was just "visiting." I "ate lightly" for the past 3 weeks, turning the pages carefully and respectfully, but without the vigor of laying hold of what is mine, all mine.
And this morning, I could see how I have lagged, again, in really hiding God's Word in my heart (good ol' memorization). As I gratefully held my Bible, I realized there are Christians around the world who, if they lost their copy, would not have lots of other ones to fall back on, but they'd have only what was in their heart. My heart is no where near full enough of the Word of God yet. So, I am thankful for how freely available His Word is to me.
The worst thing the rebellious Israelites had to have ever heard was: "'…the days are coming', says the LORD God, 'That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread. Nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD…they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it.'" Amos 8.11-12 NKJV (By the way, it took me 10 minutes to find this scripture because I was sure it was in Hosea – so I can't really find everything I am looking for right away as I previously posted. Pride. Again. *sigh…)
We're blessed. God has given us His Word, just given it. "The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood." If we are starving for a lack of the Word of the Lord in our lives, we really have to question why?
Thank-You, Lord for The Word (Jesus) and that I got my Bible back…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: The Law (the instruction, the teaching) of the Lord is perfect…