The Bible is a book unlike any other book. It is supernatural in origin, and it unleashes otherworldly power within those who read it. I hope you have a plan for daily ingesting its truth. If you don’t, get one. I started the exercise years ago, and I’ve experienced its benefit first hand. I’m not perfect, but I’m progressing. The Bible has helped me shed some sins, and it has transformed my thinking. Jesus taught this would happen. In one of His prayers, He indicated that the content of God’s Word can accomplish a metamorphosis in the life of His disciples (John 17:17). I once heard it said that who you will be in five years is determined by the books you read and the friends you keep. Without a doubt, the Bible should be one of the volumes we cherish. Its principles contain divine power. Consider its otherworldly nature by reflecting on four metaphors it uses of itself.
The Psalmist sang, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). The metaphor pictures a traveler carrying a lamp for his journey. The light provided by such an ancient device would typically give just enough illumination for each step. Applied to the modern believer, the metaphor speaks of the way in which the Bible gives us daily insight for living. When we walk with the Lord, in light of His Word, He sheds insight and illumination on our way. The Bible says, “The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced” (Psalm 119:130). Read Scripture each day and God will direct your paths.
When writing to early Christians, James picturesquely described the Bible as a mirror (James 1:22-24). When we look into the Bible, we see ourselves for who we really are. God reveals our sin and shortcomings, our faults and failures, and our bad habits and hangups. Imagine you left the house each day without glancing into your bathroom mirror. You’d likely go through the day with disheveled hair and a less than ideal appearance. We all know the importance of gazing into a physical mirror. May we also see the need to look into our spiritual mirror — the Bible. In the pages of God’s Book, we receive divine revelation concerning who we are and concerning what we need.
Of itself, the Bible says, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit…” (Hebrews 4:12). There are secret things of the soul which can’t be discerned by mere human perception. We need Divine revelation to teach us about our hidden motives and our unseen faults. Fortunately, the Bible can show us things we can’t see on our own. When we read it, it unearths mysteries of the mind, and it sheds light on the subtleties of our souls. It gives us wisdom to know why we do what we do, and it shows us how to do what we ought to do.
On more than one occasion, the Word of God is likened to a daily meal (Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2). Just as we receive sustenance at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we also receive spiritual provision each time we read the Bible. May we cherish and honor it!
Dr. Patrick Latham