Yesterday morning I was browsing posts online when I came across one that encouraged everyone to grab a cup of coffee and your favorite devotional book and spend some time with the Lord. I love how easy it is to be encouraged that way, but the post kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Devotionals are nice, but it seems EVERYONE is writing some type of devotional. My response was to skip the devotional book and just dive right in and soak in God’s Word instead.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Bible study/devotional books are nice, but most are designed to draw out the point that the author is trying to make. Some are good, some not so good. And the Christian bookstores are full of books on how to be a better Christian, how to understand this, learn more about this. Religion is one of the most popular category of books. Christian retail sales are in the billions and most authors are writing for profit first and foremost. Again, these authors may be writing about the Bible or Christianity, but it is still the word of man ABOUT the Word of God. Most Christians will happily pick up a popular book by a popular author, but few will be like the Bereans and take these books and scrutinize them against the Bible…like the Bible tells us we should.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
The Bible is not a hard book to understand. It is not a book that has to be interpreted by a select few so that the majority will know what it says. All scripture is inspired by God, and the Word will interpret the Word. There are parts that are easy to read, there are parts that are not. The more you read it, the more you study it, the more you understand it.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Skip the books about the Bible, and just go to the Bible itself.