D e v o t i o n a l b o o k s ..
tempting, in a bookstore. I often regret buying them, afterwards. Over Christmas, I bought a devotional book. The author had been in professional sports and had some substance of credibility. After a few pages. the devotional book became devoted to disappearing. Fast-forward two months to this morning. Going through my office, I found the devotional book that I had purchased during Christmas holiday. Now, here is the tension: 168 hours in a week (that’s all). I need to choose carefully about what to read … during the 168 hours I’ve been given. Here is what I have come up with.
- FACT: I enjoy reading the Word.
- FACT: I believe that I need to read the Word.
- FACT: the Word cannot / should not be replaced by a devotional book.
- FACT: comparing the content of the Word with a devotional book is, possibly, a waste of time. For example:
- Old Testament: 39 books
- New Testament: 27 books
- Complete Bible: 66 books
- Old Testament: 23,214 verses
- New Testament: 7,959 verses
- Complete Bible: 31,173 verses
Thirty-one-thousand verses … plus one-hundred-seventy-three. When I open up the Word in the morning, sometimes I am not even sure where I want to go, out of 31,173 verses / 66 different books. A footnote for a verse may invite to me to go to another place in the Word, to see what that piece says about the original stretch of scripture I started off with. Well, there is plenty more to say, but I will wrap it up with this. This morning I decided to go to Acts. I have been in Romans, but I decided it was time to make a shift. In Acts 1, I made some observations that had never come across the old cognitive radar system between my two ears. And that is what happens, quite often. I have read a passage of scripture many, many, many times … and still experience something different, something new. I don’t get the same gift from reading a devotional book. Oh yeah … I need to leave a note to myself: