Let me tell you two things that happened this past weekend at worship. Each of these was quite profound.
First, one of many families that came to our Hospitality Room after our worship service brought two (or was it three) children to meet me, others on our pastoral staff, and other leaders of our church. They were a happy family. Happy to meet the pastor, happy to be with the family of God, and happy to be connecting with God.
One young boy who was there had his Bible with him. It was brand new with a wonderful cover, but it was already well read. He showed me his Bible–a gift–for which he was extremely proud.
I know the feeling. I still have the Bible our parents gave my brother and me for Christmas. I no longer read that particular Bible, but I read the entire Bible through almost every year.
The Bible is all that it says it is: It is a light to my path and a lamp to my feet. It is an “I can’t do without this” book that feeds my heart and my soul. It is the Word that comes from God Himself. It opens doors and enlightens life. I could never do without it. If I can’t read it, I have hidden enough of it in my heart to continue nourishing my soul.
Second, at the same weekend worship service a man in our congregation told me about GQ Magazine having declared the Bible to be not worth reading and boring. The article had to do with 21 classics you don’t want to read.
I hadn’t seen the article of course, but here’s how I responded. “The day will come soon when we will hear of two events. The first will be the announcement that GQ Magazine has gone the way of “Newsweek,” that is, out of business, and God’s Holy Word continues to be read by millions of people every year.”
Tyrants–and worst–have come and gone through the centuries, but the Word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8). Amen.