Encouragement From The Word

The Bible: As Handy As Your Cell Phone?

            If you’ve got email, you get things forwarded to you periodically.  It’s just a fact of life.  And, like snail mail, a fair bit of what you get is recyclable immediately, and some of it is worth reading (and maybe re-reading).  I got one of the latter-type of emails forwarded to me the other day, and I thought you might find it as thought-provoking and worthwhile as I did.


            It says:


Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several time a day?What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?


What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we travelled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you say, “Hmm…where is my Bible?”

Oh, and one more thing:  Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected, because Jesus already paid the bill!

Makes you stop and think, “Where are my priorities?” And no dropped calls!



            Cell phones are common, everyday appliances now.  We take them for granted, but we still carry them around, because we use them all the time.  Wouldn’t it be great if, though we take the Bible for granted, we still used it all the time?


            The long-winded but profound and faithful writer of Psalm 119 penned, “Your decrees are wonderful.  No wonder I obey them!  As your words are taught, they give light; even the simple can understand them” (Psalm 119.129-130, NLT).  We know the Bible is wonderful.  Do we read it as the wonderful volume that it is?


            We might think that carrying around the Bible is just a little too holy for us, but consider that there are so many options:  “pocket” Bibles have been around for – get this – centuries!  The pocket Bible is not an invention of the 20th century publishing houses.  There have been ‘thumb’ Bibles and ‘finger’ Bibles – with print that would tax even the healthiest eyes – since pioneering days, and before.  Why?  Simple:  a ‘portable’ Bible allows us to carry God’s Word around with us, to spend time reading it when we are idle, to help us share truth with others.  Scripture exists in many different formats because God’s Word matters.


            What the Lord says to us in his Word is as much a matter of life and death as the 9-1-1 call you make with your cell phone.  Most of us wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without our cell phones; what about our Bibles?



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