Editor’s Note: This month’s meditations were published originally under the theme A Book A Day in the January, 1963 edition of The Family Alter, a publication of The Back-To-God Hour.
The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul: The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7
If you do not plan to read the Bible today may I suggest that you [skip this reading] and read a few verses of Scripture instead. What you are reading right now is what a mere man has written. The Bible, on the other hand, was written by God Himself, and there is no comparison between what God writes and what you and I write.
This is the time of year when people [have made and broken] resolutions. One of the very best resolutions anybody can make is to resolve, with the help of God, to read the Bible by oneself every day.
Just think what an enormous amount of God’s Word a person can read in one year, even if it is only a few verses every day. Even more, think of the tremendous effect that such reading will have on you. Almost any book has an effect upon us: good books lift us up, and bad books put wrong ideas into our minds. But the Bible has a special effect upon a person. It is not simply an account of what God once said. It is more like a tape recording, or even a telephone conversation, in which God actually speaks to us today. The Bible is God’s voice. The Bible is a living Book. It does something to the person who reads it reverently, the same way music affects you, or the voice of someone you love. It changes us, makes us think differently, and act differently.
If we want to get back to God, as we ought to, we must go back to the Bible, again and again. Read it often. Read it alone. Read it with a prayer that God may talk to you through it.