Our world values many things: money, family, sports, education, and entertainment, just to name a few. But nothing, nothing, is as valuable as God’s written Word.
We often consider the Bible as simply a book, pages with letters and numbers. It sits on our coffee tables and beside our beds, only occasionally opened. And when we do open it, it’s to glance through a few verses while our minds wonder to life’s more pressing priorities. It might get a little of our attention once or twice a week at church, while our hearts are more loyal and attentive elsewhere. Sadly, we’ve forgotten that it’s so much more than a book. It’s a Person whose name is Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)
I doubt any of us go through our day thinking that we’re devaluing Jesus every time we neglect the Bible. Unfortunately, when we don’t make time for the Word, we’re not making time for Jesus. We’re communicating that He’s a lesser priority than everything else.
How this must grieve Him. He’s not only part of the Godhead, but also our Savior. Without His sacrifice, we would all be destined for eternity in Hell. He should be our greatest treasure, the Word of God sent to us in human and written form.
Job and David in the Bible knew well the value of God’s Word. They valued it so much that they treasured it more than food and desired it more than fine gold (Job 23:12; Psalm 19:10-11). These two examples express necessity and a pursuit of something valuable. If we treasured God’s Word like they did, what would our lives look like?
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
We should daily satisfy our spirits with a steady intake of God’s Word through reading it, hearing it, and acting on it. When we don’t, we miss something far more precious than any paycheck, relationship, or business success. The Bible is eternal and will never pass away (Matthew 24.35). It’s truth that sets us free (John 17, John 8:32). It’s always right because it came from God, not from man (Psalm 33:4, 5; 1 Thessalonians. 2:13). It’s not dead, but living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). It’s invaluable in every way, with many benefits to those who value it. Only then will we experience true success.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)