“And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” – 2 Tim 3: 15 (ESV).
Early in the last century almost all houses were grass thatched around here in Uganda. A story is told how one hut caught fire. Commercial banks had not arrived and people kept their money secure there in grassy pillow cases. One father seeing all his savings disappear in smoke decided to attack the inferno and save his treasury. “Dad almost lost his life,” a daughter who lived into the nineties would narrate years later to her grandchildren, “But I have long wondered if money was the most important thing to lose life over. All the things which that money could buy are long gone!”
Perhaps you here have once asked what is that item to make you wade into an inferno to save, besides life? Could, aside from currency notes, the Bible feature along! Some families love to give cows to their children upon getting married. There are those which prefer the Bible, far smaller to those mighty cows. Have you wondered why?
The Bible is a record of 66 books written over a span of 1500 years by people from all sorts of lives: prophets, kings, warriors, liberators, philosophers, fishermen, professors, herdsmen, public servants; all who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to guide future generations. For as one of the authors, the Apostle Peter wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). Peter further clarified of those who wrote the books: ” For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
In the Bible one finds answers to almost anything there is of life: creation, anatomy, biology, life histories, mathematics, zoology, government, the sayings of the wise, evil, laws, rebellions, sin, exhortations, prophecies… But the most important is the story of one man who dared to claim he was the son of God (Mathew 27:43). Interesting all the authors of the Bible most of whom lived apart from each other and without contact point to Jesus who is the unifying character throughout all (Isaiah 9: 6-7).
So, should you think of any precious item worth saving from an inferno, it must be the Bible. If there is any precious object you can think of donating to anyone you love, it must be the Bible. If there is any reference you need that you must keep beside you and wake up to read first thing in the morning, go with anywhere, and end the day with, it must be the Bible!
If there is anything you can ever think of passing on to your successors, think of not houses nor land, for such as the little girl who saw her father almost loose his life in an inferno, eventually all pass away. Yet the Bible shares the secrets to a wonderful and successful life not just here on earth but also for all eternity.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of creation, heaven and earth, today I thank you for the Book of life, the Bible, which you have handed down to guide me and lead me into success for your glory and that is why I pray it may never depart from me, day and night!