Not too long ago, Debbie and I were talking with Joshua about his college plans for next year. He said he wasn’t crazy about the idea of living in a dormitory with hallway bathrooms. That moved into a conversation about years ago that was all we had. Calling home for us consisted of a hall telephone and yelling down the hall when somebody had a phone call. The only way you had privacy was if you were close enough to the phone and the cord was long enough to reach into your room.
Years ago when there was a phone call you might wait to call back later. Later on with technology advancing, you might just go ahead and let the answering machine get it. Nowadays you might not answer the call or choose not to talk for another reason; you just choose or prefer to text.
God’s chosen method of communication is the same. He chooses to message us through a text . . . called the Scriptures. God’s texting is very personal (God who created you) . . . and very relevant (about life issues such as parenting, dating, money, etc.). Statistically today about 35% of born-again Christians do not read the Bible at all; Having Bibles everywhere don’t seem to be making much a difference. 45% of the people who attend church weekly also read the Bible during the week; Gallup poll revealed that six out of ten say they read the Bible at least on occasion.
When we choose to dig into God’s Word we find there is so much more than we ever imagined. One of my favorite snacks growing up was Cracker Jacks. Eating that carmel popcorn was incredible but what was more awesome was digging down to the bottom to see what “the prize” was. I could never wait until all the popcorn was gone to get to the prize. I was always digging through the popcorn to retrieve the prize. Getting into God’s Word is an amazing experience and the rewards from it are even more amazing! John Bunyan said about the Bible, “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.”