Today's Promise : A Daily Devotional
February 10, 2013
God's Word Gives Joy and Light
"God's laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light" (Psalm 19:7,8).
Professor William Lyon Phelps, one of Yale University's most famous scholars, said, "A knowledge of the Bible without a college education is more valuable than a college education without the Bible."
Why would he say this? Our verse gives us the answer. The Word of God (1) protects us, (2) makes us wise, (3) gives us joy, and (4) gives us light.
There are many other benefits that come from reading the Word of God. With dividends like these, we are indeed robbing ourselves of untold blessings when we neglect His holy, inspired Word for any reason whatever.
It is my privilege to counsel many thousands of people with just about every kind of problem conceivable - need for salvation, poor self-image, marital problems, financial problems, health problems, loss of loved ones, insecurity, fear, and on and on. One could think of every kind of personal need and problem that man faces, and inevitably there is an answer in the Word of God.
I do not know of any individual who has ever received Christ without some understanding of the Word of God. It is for this reason that I included in The Four Spiritual Laws booklet, which I wrote in the 1950's, the parenthetical statement on page 2: "References contained in this booklet should be read in context from the Bible wherever possible."
By 1983, it was estimated that more than a billion copies of The Four Spiritual Laws, which contains the distilled essence of the gospel, had been printed (including translations into every major language) and distributed throughout the world, resulting in many millions of people responding to Christ. Still, it cannot compare with God's Word, nor can any other piece of Christian or secular literature. There is something unique and powerful about holding the Bible in your hand and reading it with your own eyes, for it speaks with authority and power possessed by no other book ever written.
Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: God's Word is the most important book ever written, and the most important book that I could possibly read. Today I will read it for at least 15 minutes with renewed devotion, dedication and sensitivity to its mighty revolutionary power to transform lives and enable children of God to live supernaturally.