Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The Lord loves people who have crazy ideas; not that He wants them to have such--but He wants His love (agape) to heal them and straighten out their thinking. If they are honest at heart, they will permit Him to do this for them.
It is His Holy Spirit who does this, but ... He will always lead them to the Word, the Bible: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Treasure that Book! At this moment, your knowledge of it may possibly be "skimpy," but if you humbly ask the Lord to make you become "a giant" in the Word, He will bless you and you will grow in your knowledge to a happiness you never dreamed could be yours. It will take some time, but it may be less than you anticipate now.
Why? Because your Bible will be a peculiar treasure just for you; you will have marked certain items, a word here or there (don't block out whole pages with ink markers--that's pointless, useless!), or you mark a footnote or center reference with a fine point pen. It's the little meaningful points that you want to mark lightly so you can easily turn to them again when the Holy Spirit reminds you. Your understanding will grow.
The time will come when you and your Bible will have grown to become one; you will understand in one sense how "the Word [is] made flesh, and [dwells] among us"(cf. John 1:14). You will have a little taste that is precious.
You may need a new Bible, with center references and a good cover. If it costs as much as a pair of shoes, won't it be worth it? It's a life-long treasure that is in a special sense yours.
No crazy ideas can survive a first-hand knowledge of the Bible.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: May 22, 2008.
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