The Word of God Will Forever Trump Books About God

I have been reading a great book over the past few days. So good, in fact, I’ve been staying up burning the midnight wick to delve deeper. It’s one of those that will leave you smiling and crying in the living room as you read. It’s a marriage book to be specific. So there I was pacing around reading- reminiscing over the pursuit prior to marriage for Josh and I and then after, giggling at the author’s verbiage- then the most disappointing thing occurred. The author made a pretty bold statement and I disagreed. As this is someone I look up to theologically, I was disappointed, surprised, and discouraged to keep reading. And then it hit me.

None of us have arrived.

I say that not meaning that this author is wrong and I am right, but rather, that he is a sinner and I am a sinner and neither of us know it all. That’s for God and God alone. This isn’t a post about how we just need to succumb to the reality that we are finite and incapable of grasping it all, though that’s true to an extent. Instead, i would like to hone in on the reality that we can be greatly nourished by books about God, but nothing, I mean nothing, compares to the divine Word of God.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Did you catch that word- complete? That’s not just noteworthy. It’s HUGE. The holy Scriptures, breathed out by God Himself, are enough for us to flourish in and advance the gospel. We are not just given this buffer book when we first believe so that we can move into the meatier literature and really arrive spiritually. That’s not the case at all. The very God that breathed life into Adam and spoke and planets and stars went whirling into place has given us a book for vitality in this life. And not just to get by, but abundantly live for the glory of God.

Psalm 1 describes the way of the righteous whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:2). Delight! Webster’s Dictionary defines this word as “a strong feeling of happiness” or “great pleasure or satisfaction.” Aren’t we all straining for that which brings us pleasure and satisfies our longing souls in this life? I know I am. I don’t want to try to find happiness in the lesser things. I want something that will sustain me all of my days, something that will serve as an anchor when pain and suffering rage around and within me. Psalm 1 speaks of a disciplined, joyous experience with this Book. The psalmist didn’t have all of what we have now. We have the Old and New Testaments to study, both of which echo His Name. In the Bible, we find Jesus. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus is the light pointed to throughout the entire
Bible. What is God’s pleasure? Mark 1:11 tells us the answer through Jesus’ baptism, “And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” So we have this truth from the Bible- Jesus, the pleasing Son of God, can transfer us from darkness to light. That is where we find delight.

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31).

What God has revealed to us through the Bible is his Son. Sounds like a bit of a short answer considering 66 books that cover an array of topics, stories, and songs not mentioning the name of Jesus explicitly, right? No, it’s not a short answer by any means. The redemptive work of Jesus Christ is so beautifully detailed throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation that it will take every single one of the children of God a lifetime to find and marvel in this treasure. We have access into the faith that gives us eyes to see Christ for who he really is by believing what has been detailed for us in this Book. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Please, please, please feed your heart and mind with books. Some of my favorite authors are John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, John Calvin, St. Augustine, John Piper, Gloria Furman, Charles Spurgeon, John Frame, Elisabeth Elliot, D.A. Carson, J.I. Packer, David Platt, C.S. Lewis, John MacArthur, Daniel Defoe, Susan Wise Bauer, John Bunyan, R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, Paul Tripp, C.J. Mahaney, Matt Chandler, Aimee Byrd…I could go on and on with men and women that have been used by God to shape my worldview, theology, and pursuit of God through holiness. All of their forms of writing have resonated deep within me, stirring my affections for God all the more. But through all of it, we must remember where such beauty originates.

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

We test what is true only compared to the Book that is without error. The Life that was without error. The redemption that is detailed for all humanity to see. The truth of the Godhead creating, allowing the Fall to occur, putting into action a rescue for His children and actively working throughout history to culminate at the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ is incomparable! It’s dangerous to hit the floor running with a line out of any book that would shape your manner of living and posture of the heart unless you have compared it to the infallible Word of God.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31).

Look. Find safety and truth first and foremost in the Bible. It’s Author shall never fail you.

{For an in-depth, five-part series titled “Why We Believe the Bible”, grab some coffee and take a listen here. }


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