Roger's Reflections 2

The best book to read is the Bible


‘The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul … the ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey from the comb’. Psalm 19:7, 9 & 10 

When I became a Christian as a teenager, whilst on holiday in the Lebanon, I was advised to ensure that everyday I spent some time reading the Bible and praying to God.  It was the best advice I have ever been given.  That is 55 years ago now and I have sought to keep to that habit. 

Now in lockdown I am enjoying reading more chapters than I normally do, and it has been a joy.  I have just re-read ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ and I loved it, but even it is not the blessing of reading God’s word and letting Him speak directly to me.  David Suchet (Poirot) was converted through reading the Book of Romans in a Gideon hotel Bible.  Year 7 pupils in local schools have  recently been given a Gideon New Testament and Psalms.  Let’s pray they will read it, but what a wonderful thing it would be if all over our locality every day people, like you and I, were reading a little of God’s word?  It would be allowing God to speak to our hearts.  On the ’phone to a call centre yesterday I encouraged the person to whom I was speaking to read the Gospel of Luke and “let Jesus walk off the pages of Scripture and introduce Himself to you.”  She said there was a Bible in the workplace and she would go and get it to read.  Let’s all be like her with a similar hunger for God’s message to humanity. 

A Christian of years ago said, “My greatest delight in life is to be in a nook, with the Book!”  I can echo that, and commend the daily, dogged, delightful discipline of reading God’s word that points us to Himself. 

Break Thou the Bread of Life

Dear Lord to me:

As Thou didst break the loaves

Beside the sea;

Beyond the sacred page

I seek Thee, Lord;

My spirit pants for Thee

O Living Word.