Show me the condition of your Bible and I will show you the condition of your soul.
- A. W. Tozer
This is a powerful quote.
I love my Bible, but I do not love it enough.
It is worn, underlined, and highlighted, but it is not falling apart.
What I want it to look like,
is this ...
And there is only one way it will happen.
One way to wear down the cover.
One way to wrinkle the pages.
One way to make the pages slip out of the worn binding.
A continual turning of the pages.
Repeated opening and closing of the book.
- day after day -
- year after year -
- decade after decade -
When I die, I want my Bible to be evidence that I loved God's Word.
I want it to be obvious that I held it, read it, studied it, and understood it.
Not just because it is falling apart, but because
I obeyed it.
With my whole heart I seek You;
let me not wander from Your commandments!
I have stored up Your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes!
With my lips I declare all the rules of Your mouth.
In the way of Your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of Your words.
I rejoice at Your word like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love Your law.
Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous rules.
Great peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for Your salvation, O Lord, and I do Your commandments.
My soul keeps Your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
I keep Your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before You.
Psalm 119:10-16, 161-168