I got a new Bible.
I recently pulled my old Bible off the shelf to look up something, I can’t remember what. It is, shall we say, in a well loved condition, meaning of course, the binding is broken, the pages wrinkled and the leather more than a little worn. The gold has long rubbed off the edges and the glue has long given way. Stuffed within are various words of wisdom scrawled on church bulletins so as not to be forgotten and bookmarks made with love by my children.
On its pages are many scribbled notes, underlined verses, and even a stain or two or three. In Isaiah there are cat urine stains and I do not lie. Many years ago I had left my Bible open on the dining room table when we went out of town only to return to find the cat had gotten in the house and left its mark. I got the smell out (Truly a miracle, thank you Lord!) but the stain remains.
The pages of that Bible contain not only the life giving eternal words of the life giving eternal God, but also chronicle to some degree my journey of faith. I see an underlined verse with an scrawled piece of commentary written in blue pen in the margin and I can know that right there the Lord spoke and I heard.
The Word is precious to me and I speak not of glue and paper, but of the living, eternal Word that is sharper than a two edged sword, sufficient for teaching and training the man (and woman) of God for every good work. I say with the psalmist that His Word is a light to my path and more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Because of the proclamation of His Word, I have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and believed. I have seen the glory of the Word, Jesus, the One and Only and I have rejoiced. Knowing Him through His Word is a delight.
So I have a new Bible and as I open its pages and inhale its newly minted fragrance, I wonder if I will mark these pages as I did my former. I wonder which pages will become wrinkled as I cling to the Truth they contain. Where will my journey take me and what promises will be my lifeline? I cannot know, yet I am confident of this: as I seek Him in His Word, He will be faithful to reveal Himself to me. I will know Him in ways I cannot imagine.
I can’t wait.