Do We Take It For Granted?

July 30, 2015 by Brett Tarbell in Bible and Gospel Advancement

Take a moment and let this sink in: half of the Christians in Laos can’t read the Bible in their own language. Which usually means that they can’t read the Bible at all.

It’s a pretty safe bet that everyone reading this owns at least one Bible in their own language (if not many), so it’s easy to take our Bibles for granted. For this reason, let’s pause for a moment today and stand in awe of the gift that we’ve been given. When we hold our Bibles in hand – whether in printed or electronic form – or listen to Scripture on our phones, let’s give thanks and rejoice in the fact that

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

          2 Timothy 3:16-17

And how much do we value the Bible?

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.

          Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4

Are these words that Jesus spoke in a time of temptation true for us?

Today, let’s praise God for granting us access to His Word. Let’s thank Him for speaking to us, and make it a point to read and listen to what He has to say. Through the Bible, we are drawn ever nearer to our Savior, because it is in the Bible that we come to know Him as He truly is.

Because there are so many who do not have access to the Word of God in their own language – whether due to translation restrictions, outright bans or other circumstances – we must pray that the Lord would provide daily bread for His children. For when God writes His Word on our hearts, He is working in us for His purposes, conforming us to the image of Christ, that He may be glorified.

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