"Give me the Bible. Holy message shining, Thy light shall guide me in the narrow way. Precept and promise, law and love combining. Till night shall vanish in eternal day." Written by E.S. Lorenz, these words suggest an attitude that everyone should possess -- an attitude which longs for the Bible. If had, this attitude will produce diligent Bible students.
The scriptures teach that we should have this disposition toward God's Word as the Psalmist wrote, "O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day" Psalm 119:67. Later, verse 167, he wrote, "My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly." The church in Berea were acknowledged as "noble" Bible students because of their diligent "search" of the scriptures.
All of us need to be students of the Bible. However, everyone will probably agree with me that not enough Bible study is found in the average person, Christian, or otherwise. For a few lines, let me emphasize the benefits of Bible study with hopes of encouraging us all to have a "Give Me The Bible" attitude.
Give me the Bible, for it teaches how one can be saved. It is clear that we live in a world of problems, Job 14:1. And, while the problems we face are as varied as snowflakes, our world's problems have the same basic thread -- SIN, Eccl. 7:20; Romans 3:10, 23. Therefore man's greatest need is salvation from sin! However minimal sin might be to you and others, it is truly a great and horrible thing in the sight of God. Habakkuk 1:13 says, "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?" Only in the Bible will I find that Christ is the key to being saved from sin (John 3:16, 17).
Give me the Bible, for it prepares one to face temptation. We all place emphasis on being prepared, whether for tests, vacation, or retirement. We should place even more emphasis on being prepared for temptation for it is after falling to temptation that sin comes and once sin has come forth -- DEATH (James 1:13, 14). Because the Devil is so crafty and deceitful (2 Cor. 11:3) we must educate ourselves that we might be able to outsmart him (2 Cor. 2:22). When we are prepared to withstand his temptations, he will flee from us, at least for a season (James 4:7; Luke 4:13).
Give me the Bible, for it teaches one how to have an abundant life (John 10:10). If you want to feel good about yourself, with or without sin in your life, you can lean upon televangelists. If you want to feel good about salvation and the freedom from sin that is found in Christ, you need to lean upon God's Word (Jer. 10:23). The Bible -- God's Word -- is all sufficient in teaching us how to live the abundant life -- and live it for God (2 Peter 1:3).
Let's all have the "Give Me The Bible" attitude, for the Bible alone can teach one how to be saved; it will prepare one for temptation; and it will offer the plan to abundant living. Let's get our Bible out and put this new attitude to work today!