There are many books on my shelf, and far too many have been neglected. But there is one book, out of all of them, that I fear neglecting: My Bible.
I didn’t always feel this way, of course. There was a time when I assumed it was a dreadfully dull book, with nothing of value to offer. But, beyond the fact that I wasn’t a believer, this was because I’d never read it. About 160 years ago, Charles Spurgeon challenged his congregation with these words:
The more you read the Bible, and the more you meditate upon it, the more you will be astonished with it. He who is but a casual reader of the Bible, does not know the height, the depth, the length, and breadth of the mighty meanings contained in its pages.
Spurgeon was right. The Bible is the book I want to read above all others. Even if it’s but a few words, it is nourishes my soul, and captivates my mind. It is the book I never get tired of returning to again and again. It is an astonishing book.