In the book The Way of a Pilgrim, the unknown Russian author talks about how valuable scripture is to his wife and he. After a fire ravaged their home, he says,
Since we kept the Bible under our pillows, we were able to take it with us. As we stood and watched our house burning we said to each other, “Thank God that we were at least able to rescue the Bible! At least we have something to console us in our distress.” —“The Way of a Pilgrim,” Narrative Three
Coming along, I can remember playing group games and being asked, “If your house was on fire and you could take only 3 things what would they be?” If we were at youth group you automatically knew you had to include the Bible as one of your three, ha ha. Religious peer pressure. But the quote above and the question posed does give rise to something formative for us. Just how important IS scripture to you?
Does the Bible bring you comfort and hope? Does it bring peace in the midst of distress? Do you turn to it? Do you see God speaking through it? Do you value God’s word enough to grab it over your wedding album or your baseball card collection? If Psalm 119.105 is true,
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,
then I say we give ourselves to it; to scripture’s revelation, inspiration, comfort, and guidance. Let God’s word speak—it’s why God gave it to you.