Monday, April 16, 2012

Something more precious than gold & an I-Phone

Psalm 19:10a They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold...."

The scriptures should be of supreme value to the Christian life
Today's blog is about the value and importance of God's word.  Psalm 19:10a compares the Bible to a substance that is considered most desireable: Gold.  To capture the thrust of this verse, I want to illustrate using another desired object - the I-phone.  My prayer is that this blog will ignite in you a greater desire for the scriptures that are supremely valuable to the Christian life. 

The Bible is more desireable than much fine gold
In this Divinely inspired comparison, the Psalmist (King David) is having you view gold in its rough state, and then in its finished state.  Men will spend fortunes on equipment and expeditions to climb mountains or dig into the earth to mine a few ounces of gold from tons of rock.  I've been told that even the oceans have trace amounts of gold.  It would literally take tons of sea water to yield even a small portion of an ounce of this precious metal. 

Once the gold has been found, a goldsmith has to heat up the gold to melt it down and get rid of the unwanted "junk" or "impurities" to seek the desireable "pure and refined" gold necessary for making jewelry.  This is where the gold that was mined becomes the "much fine gold" spoken of here in Psalm 19.  I'm certain King David would had seen a lot of "fine gold" in his day!

How much effort do you and I take in "mining" God's word for the treasures He has waiting for you in His word.  Studying the Bible takes work!  But its rewards far exceed the work put into it.  1 Corinthians 2:12 states -  "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God".

The Bible is more desireable than a much fine "I-phone"
In our 21st century world, the object of desire is an "I-phone" or an "I-pad".  Perhaps you reading this blog are right now using such a device or some other type of electronic media.  Whatever the case may be -people treat these devices much like "the fine gold" we read of here in Psalm 19:10a.  Let me ask you this question: would you leave your I-phone or I-pad at church? How about in your hot car? Do you find excuses for not using your I-phone or other electronic device?

I believe if we treated our Bibles like these desireable devices - it would be an all out revival!  Your Bible should not be something you look at on Sunday for a couple of minutes while the preacher is preaching or when your Sunday School teacher is teaching - it should be in your hand, in your mind and in your heart. 

See how desireable your Bible is by the many "apps" it offers
Desire the One book through which God gives you many "apps" (applications for life and eternity): The Christian growth app is found in 1 Peter 2:1-2.  Are your fearful or worried - there's an app for that - 1 Peter 5:7.  Are you angry at the world or struggling with bitterness - check out the apps for that at Ephesians 4:31-32 and Philippians 4:6-7.  Perhaps you don't know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and would like to.  The app for that is in Romans 10:8-10.  Are you wanting to have a deeper love for Jesus Christ? Check out that app at 1 Peter 1:8.  There are over 31,000 apps (verses) in the Bible.   

Truly the Bible is more desireable than fine gold and is of greater value than any I-phone.  Start using it today!