Trivial Pursuits

His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. —2 Peter 1:3

A number of years ago I was in the library of a prestigious university. As I walked among the bookshelves, I happened to pass by a row of small cubicles set aside for study and spied a student reading a Bugs Bunny comic book. I almost laughed out loud. Here was a young man surrounded by the wisdom of the ages, yet immersed in childish trivia.

There’s nothing wrong with comic books, and all of us need occasional respite from study, but some of us never get beyond trivial pursuits. Books, magazines, and other media are the preoccupation and primary influence in our lives. How foolish! We have in our hands the Word of Life—the Book that tells us how to know God and live abundantly.

The greatest cause for our neglect of the Bible is not lack of time but lack of heart. Someone else’s word is taking the place of the Word of Christ. There are many good books and magazines to read, but we must not neglect the mysteries of God’s grace and love that are written on every page of the Bible. That’s where we find everything we need for “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

Ask God to give you a desire for His Word and a hunger to taste His goodness every day.

David H. Roper

How rich the truths within God’s Word—
  What gems beyond compare!
  By faith we can discover them
  When study joins with prayer.

D. De Haan

It is an awesome responsibility to own a Bible.

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