Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Black Book

We have a black binder in our kitchen which holds copies of our most favorite recipes.  Some were passed down from our parents, such as the recipe for Daddy's jambalaya recipe or Momma's chocolate pie.  Others we have found, or created through our thirty-five years together.

The book is unassuming, but precious to us.  Our children joke about who will eventually end up with "the book." (Although our youngest tells us she intends to inherit everything and give what she doesn't want to her siblings.)  Of course, we know in this day and age the book is easily reproducible.

There is another precious book, the words of which we do well to hide in our heart.  The Bible is a book containing the most wonderful things the Lord needed to share with us.  And as it has often been said it is the only book which comes with it's Author.   We should consider it, treat it and value it as the most precious thing we can have.

But just as our recipe book is not a value by itself, it is the food produced by cooking these recipes that is so wonderful.

A. W Tozer once said "The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”  The Pursuit of God

To think that we own a book that can bring us to "an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God," how can we not avail ourselves of it?

Psalm 119:27
"Make me to understand the way of Thy precepts: so shall I talk of Thy wondrous works."

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