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Monday, February 4th, '19

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STUPID BOOKS?

"Search...and read..." (Isaiah 34:16)

 

The only stupid question is the one not asked; the only stupid book is the one not read. Now obviously some books are pure junk but how do you know until you delve into the pages? If you wish to lead you have to read. Books contain seeds, clues, hints for life. They are not just seed packets; they are whole granaries of potential. Books are other men's brains in paperback or leather binding. Wish you could have Bill Gates' brain? Well, read his books. Mark Twain wrote, "The man who doesn't read has no advantage over the man who can't read". The men and women on your library shelves are guidance counselors and they don't charge by the hour. In a book you only have to pay the doctor's bill once.

 

Sometimes while reading you will think, "He's writing directly to me". That is because the same Spirit that gives breath to a lifeless body inspires lifeless dried ink. Of course, that only works in serious intellectual or spiritual works. You won't likely find motivation in a cookbook or mechanic's manual. The Bible is the wisest book. Paul assured that "all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable..." (2 Timothy 3:16) It profits because it is 100% truth. There is no opinion page in the Bible, no editorials and no silly comics. But even the Bible, like the info on a medicine bottle, can only help if it is read. There are no stupid books, but according to Atwood Townsend there are stupid attitudes, "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." Ouch. The average American only reads one book a year. Which one? Some Harlequin romance? Why not the Bible? At 1,189 chapters it takes only 3.6 chapters a day to read the Bible through in a year.

 

Mike Murdock suggests, "What enters your life determines what exits your life". That is the junk in/ junk out absolute. Admission decides emission. Our text says, "Search ye out of the book of the Lord, and read..." That isn't speed reading. There is a place for overview, for musing and perusing, but the Bible is an excavation site that has to be mined. It's not quite like an Easter egg hunt or looking for out of place pictures on the cover of a Highlights magazine, but nuggets are deliberately strewn throughout the Book so that "seeing [the dull of mind] will see and not perceive" (Mat 13:14). One guy gets stuck in the "begats", then reads about being swallowed by a whale, or gets bogged down in old Levitical ceremonies and calls it a stupid book. The next guy claims that lights come on every time he opens its covers. Who is right? Spiritual books must be read with spiritual thinking caps. The same holds true to a degree in all books. I encourage underlining, circling, highlighting, Xeroxing, filing and whatever it takes to digest the written food. Don't worry about the book's resale value because you are after food, knowledge, insight, not yard sales. Like Ozarks preacher Derrell Friend quips, "Show me a Bible that is falling apart and I'll show you a Christian that isn't".


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