I have found that many commodities in life have a very limited shelf life. They get old fast. It may be reading a specific author, or listening to a particular musical group, or watching a certain television program, or eating at a favorite restaurant, or pulling out your old iPhone. After a while we tend to lose interest and are ready for a change.
When it comes to many things in life, a little bit goes a long way. Eventually, the new wears off. The excitement fades. The things that once brought satisfaction just don’t cut it anymore. So we change our wardrobe. We buy a new electronic gadget. We look for a new hobby. We might even pursue a career change. So goes life. Out with the old and in with the new.
With that fact of human nature understood, what amazes me is that the Bible never gets old. Not many books can stand a second reading. But the Bible can be read and reread countless times, and still we have only scratched the surface! The Bible is one of the most ancient of books, and yet the most modern. It’s always relevant in any culture in any period of time.
We reason that the people who wrote the various books of the Bible must have been truly gifted authors. No doubt, they were. But that does not explain the durability of the Bible, or its ability to speak to all people of all generations. The only explanation is that the Bible is divine. As Paul told Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Bible never gets old because it is the very Word of God. So read it faithfully and read it often. Other things may come and go in your life, but the Bible should have a place of continued prominence. So give it that place and be a lover of the Word for life.
Pastor Todd Weston