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Home Touch Devotional

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Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

The Bible is God’s chart to steer by, to keep one from the bottom of the sea, to show where the harbor is and how to reach it without running aground.

―Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

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f you were asked to describe the Bible, what would you say? You could start with the obvious and say it is like a book — a big book of little books inside. Perhaps, you could call it God’s autobiography. However, hymnwriter William How (1823-1897), Irish and Anglican vicar, thought the Bible was “a golden casket where gems of truth are stored” (emphasis added). Perhaps it is a key that unlocks timeless truths. Or it is a road map or GPS signal that guides us safely to our eternal home. Or, it’s a huge text message or email from God to the human race.

The Bible itself, however, describes itself as a sword: “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12; see also Ephesians 6:17). In Psalm 119:105, we read, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (emphasis added). Jesus described it as bread, when he said to the devil, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). Finally, the apostle Peter thought of the Bible as milk, saying “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2).

I like how the following poem, attributed to John Clifford, imagines the word of God. The poem is calledThe Anvil of God’s Word.”

 

Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.

 

“‘How many anvils have you had,’ said I,
‘To wear and batter all these hammers so?’
‘Just one,’ said he, and then with twinkling eye,
‘The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.’

 

“And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”

 

Yes, just like this ancient anvil, God’s word will endure forever.  ―Timothy Merrill

 

Prayer: O God, thank you for the Book above all books that has given me guidance for so many years! Amen.