Wisdom for Today

Have you noticed many books that have nothing to do with the Bible today often use the word Bible in their titles as a selling point? Consider the following titles at Amazon.com: 

  1. The Organic Cook’s Bible: How To Select And Cook The Best Ingredients On The Market
  2.  The Small Business Bible: Everything You Need To Know To Succeed In Your Small Business
  3. The Homeowners Legal Bible: The Ultimate Guide to What Homeowners Need to Know.
 
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As I wondered why these publishers chose to use the word Bible in their book title when their book is not even remotely about the Bible, I then realized that when a publisher chooses to title their book The ____________ Bible is because when people see a book with such a title they are thinking “This book will supply me all I need to know on this subject. It full and complete—not lacking anything. It is very practical. It is the final authority on the subject."

If this is what people associate with secular books titled The ____________ Bible why aren’t more people believing this about the Bible itself-- looking to it to supply all they need for life? Why don’t more people see the Bible as full and complete—not lacking anything? Why don’t more people see the Bible as very practical? Why don’t more people see the Bible as the final authority in their life?

The blessed man of Psalm 1 saw God’s Word, for what it is, as all he needed for life and godliness. (2 Pet. 1:3) Because of that he delighted himself in God’s Word. Spurgeon paints a glorious picture of this man’s practice of delighting in God’s Word—and encourages us to do likewise. Regarding the blessed man of Psalm 1, Spurgeon notes:

He is not under the law as a curse and condemnation, but he is in it, and he delights to be in it as his rule of life; he delights, moreover, to meditate in it, to read it by day, and think upon it by night. He takes a text and carries it with him all day long; and in the night-watches, when sleep forsakes his eyelids, he museth upon the Word of God. In the day of his prosperity he sings psalms out of the Word of God, and in the night of his affliction he comforts himself with promises out of the same book. "The law of the Lord" is the daily bread of the true believer. And yet, in David's day, how small was the volume of inspiration, for they had scarcely anything save the first five books of Moses! How much more, then, should we prize the whole written Word which it is our privilege to have in all our houses! But, alas, what ill-treatment is given to this angel from heaven! We are not all Berean searchers of the Scriptures. How few among us can lay claim to the benediction of the text! Perhaps some of you can claim a sort of negative purity, because you do not walk in the way of the ungodly; but let me ask you—Is your delight in the law of God? Do you study God's Word? Do you make it the man of your right hand—your best companion and hourly guide?

I encourage you to find ways each day this week to spend time in the Word, filling your mind with the life changing Word of God. No matter how busy my day, I’ve found there are always ways to be in God’s Word. 


  • I can listen to my favorite Bible teaching radio station, KWAVE 107.9

 

  • I can commit to memorizing a set number of Bible verses by the week’s end—posting my memory verses various places throughout my house (on the fridge, by the bathroom mirror, in my shower, etc.) and listening to my memory verses on my audio Bible to help me learn and review my verses.

As the mom of a 4 ½ year old, though I have grand ideas for a long lingering morning devotional time, I know right now in this season of my life, those plans are not realistic. For now, I must be flexible in how I spend time in the Word during this season of my life, and be content with whatever that looks like for me. One day perhaps I may get to have that long, lingering morning devotional time. But for now, I’m sticking with my audio Bible, KWAVE, and memorizing Scripture because that is what works for me. Find what works for you, what’s realistic for you for the season of life you are in—then do it. Ask the Lord to show you  various ways you can be in His Word.  He will be faithful to reveal those ways to you.

Questions for you: What are your favorite resources for staying in the Word, which is the source of all wisdom?

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34 comments:

  1. You are so right about finding what works for you in the season of life you are in. Sometimes I get to have those long times in the Word, and sometimes I'm having to get it on the run. I, too, love the Bible app on my phone.

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    1. Thanks, Esther! Yes, it's good to have a plan for how we are going to be in the Word for the season we're in--especially for those days when we are "having to get it on the run." I love technology today. With my audio Bible app, I can have my audio Bible with me wherever I am. I love it! God bless you richly!

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad it blessed you. God bless you mightily!

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  3. Made me think! Thanks for sharing and thanks for mixing it up with us this week!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this, Christine! God bless you lots!

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  4. I think we are too hard on ourselves about a lot of things, but being obedient and staying in the Word is a must! Days are different for me, sometimes I spend lots of time in the Word, sometimes not so much. Love your post.

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    1. I love how you put it, Betty, "I think we are too hard on ourselves about a lot of things, but being obedient and staying in the Word is a must!" I agree, it's a must. Thankfully today, there are so many different ways to stay in the Word. God bless you richly!

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  5. A good devotional helps with getting a lot in a quick amount of time. Good reminder - it is only for the season :) I visited from What Joy Is Mine & am glad I did!
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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    1. Yes, I appreciate a good devotional to start off my day. My current favorite devotional is by Chuck Smith called "Wisdom for Today." (I just noticed that is the same title as this post) :) So glad you visited, too! God bless you lots!

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  6. Hi! I'm your newest follower and I found you from Inspre Me Monday. Your blogs is exactly what I need, I love it and its so inspirational! Please follow me on my site at http://mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm so glad this blessed you. I look forward to visiting your site. God bless you much!

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  7. You know, I haven't thought about those titles and how perhaps presumptuous they are being. I learned several years ago to seek God first before I pick up any other book. Sometimes I end up still reading the other books, but it is so helpful to know God pointed me there first.

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    1. Jen, what a fabulous discipline to live by, "Seek God first before I pick up any other book." I've heard it said "If you only have time to read one book, let it be the Book, that is the Bible." God bless you tons!

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  8. Excellent point! I never thought about that before! Thanks for reminding us of all all sufficiency of God's Word!

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    1. Thanks! So glad this blessed you! God bless you abundantly!

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  9. Forgot to mention that I found your blog from the Titus 2 Tuesday Link up party! I was there linking up my Marriage Monday post! :)

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  10. Such a great observation! I love reading the Word and when I think I might struggle meeting God in book like Leviticus, I pray and God always renews my mind with some truth. Blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the heart

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    1. Thanks, Rachael! God is so faithful to use His Word powerfully in our life when we are faithful to take the time to be in it. God bless you abundantly!

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  11. Yes. Yes. Yes. I have heard 'This is my Bible' when clearly it is not a Bible at all. If people refer to another text as the Bible are they validating the truth of the Bible with the reference? That was my initial thought, followed by a giggle. Making time for the Living Word, however it is, is worth it. Thank you for your post. Have a great rest of the week.

    Thanks for linking up at Into the Word Wednesday!

    Falen

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    1. I agree, Falen! You're right. It's always worth it to make time for the Living Word. God bless you lots!

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  12. Thank you for sharing! I am so thrilled that at this season of life I am enjoying a lengthy quiet time in the Word most every day. I hope this season lasts and lasts!

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    1. Thanks, Chelle! I'm so glad you are getting to enjoy that season, also! Such a sweet time! I hope it lasts for you, too. God bless you much!

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  13. I've always been troubled by those titles. In fact the other day I chose not to buy a book just because of the Bible title. I remember the years of raising my children and barely having time alone with God. Empty nesters have so much more time for long leasurely visits with God and His Word.

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    1. I know what you mean, Pamela. Some seasons are more challenging and others are more leisurely--staying in the Word regardless is what's important. God bless you immensely!

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  14. We read Daily Light at both breakfast and dinner. If we remember to eat our spiritual food at the same time we eat our physical food, maybe we won't starve! :-)

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    1. What a wonderful mealtime tradition! I love your reasoning behind it too! "If we remember to eat our spiritual food at the same time we eat our physical food, maybe we won't starve! :-)" Well said! God bless you richly!

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  15. Love this! A new Linking Party begins THIS Saturday over at Thet2women.com and we would love if you would link this up there on Sat! Thanks! Here's the link:
    http://thet2women.com/welcome-to-one-sharendipity-place/

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    1. Thanks, Sue! All linked up! I will be sure to add your link up to my list! Thanks for stopping by and telling me about it . I hope you will be by again. God bless you abundantly!

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    1. My pleasure! Glad it blessed you. God bless you much!

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  17. Love your blog!! We wanted to thank you for linking up with us this past week and hope to see you back again this Saturday at One Sharendipity Place!
    sue @ thet2women.com

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I'll be there! God bless your day!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!