At the moment I am in the middle of a book that’s sat on my shelf for some months. The man who cycled the world is basically about, well….a man who cycled the world! It starts with him heading off, details a few pot-holes and innumerable breaks downs, and will inevitably end with him arriving at his destination. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad read. Yet, it can hardly be described as life-changing!
At the same time I continue to read and study the Bible. You may know that the Bible is a collection of sixty six books of various genres, including biography, autobiography, songs, erotic poems, genealogy, prophetic records and apocalyptic literature. It was written by over forty different authors, ranging from princes to paupers, farmers to fishermen, in at least three different languages, on three different languages over a span of around 1500 years.
In contrast to Mark Beaumont’s autobiographical account, the Bible is at times a struggle to understand. It is often written in imagery that is unfamiliar and is set in a context that may be hard to identify with. Yet, the greatest difference between the books is succinctly stated by the Apostle Paul writing to his protégé Timothy. In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul says that ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness’.
This then is why I encourage you to prioritise the Bible over the paperback by your bedside. Why? Because in contrast this, God inspired book has the God inspired potential to transform your life as it reveals the love of God made known in Jesus
Be blessed, Gareth