July 22nd 2009

The Precious Word

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

A few weeks ago I lost my Bible. I left it behind in the hall where our church meets.

The following week I returned to the hall wondering if the Bible would still be there. It is a new Bible, smaller than the one I normally use at home-just the right size for carrying to church.

Would someone consider it worth stealing? A first look around the hall drew a blank.

The thought crossed my mind that it would be simple to get myself another Bible, if this one had gone. Unlike many Christians (especially those in troubled parts of the world), I have easy access to a new copy of the Bible.

I was reminded of a story of two Dutch ladies taken to a concentration camp during World War 21. They smuggled in a small Bible-a precious connection with their Father and His promises in a time of great need and fear.

Perhaps it would be a good thing for someone to steal my Bible? Maybe they would read it and learn of the wonderful life that is available to all in Jesus Christ.

Then I saw the distinctive blue cover of my Bible out of the corner of my eye. It had been placed out of harm’s way, high up on a shelf.

I was relieved-my Bible was found. But I was reminded that this book is one of my most valuable possessions, even though its monetary value is less than £10. Because this book contains the words of eternal life-what can compare with that?

Dear Father, thank you for your written word, the Bible. I praise you for the precious message that it contains-that you are my Father and you have achieved salvation for all through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to always remember how precious a gift this book truly is.

Study by Ian Woodley


1 The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom.

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