[from the archives–updated post]I once watched a Twilight Zone episode about a sole survivor of some sort of catastrophic event. The story shows the shocked, confused–and seemingly suicidal–man wandering through town trying to make sense of what’s happened.
That is, until he reaches the library.
Though scattered throughout the rubble, there are enough books still intact to keep him reading for a lifetime. He’s thrilled. Now he has all the time he needs to do what he loves most: read. As he looks over the mounds of wonderful stories, he somehow drops his very thick glasses and breaks them.
Out of all the eerie and shocking Twilight Zone tales, this one strikes me as a true tragedy. How devastating is it to have what you believe to be the greatest of all treasures in your possession without ever being able to enjoy it?
Bible Study: Will there be enough time at last?
Do I realize the great treasure of God’s Word?
I have two shelves of Bibles.
How often do they gather dust on a forgotten shelf never to see the light of day?
What would happen in a desperate situation?
What if I found myself, just as the man in the Twilight Zone scene, holding God’s Word in my hands with no way to open it?
Broken World without Vision
This is the present state of Christianity. We’ve allowed the world to fog our spiritual lenses with all sorts of distractions.
Or maybe we’ve stomped on them and crushed them to smithereens ourselves.
Though we may believe the Bible to be God’s Word, we treat it as a casual read for church services, daily boosts of encouragement, or a fire extinguisher to be pulled from the shelf in case of some emergency.
Using our time to do everything but examine the Scripture for ourselves, we wander around in search of purpose without any idea of what it even looks like. Basing our ideas on the world’s, our lives then began to resemble everything except what God intended.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.–Proverbs 29:18
Enough Time for Bible Study
In an age of technological advances where all information is at our fingertips, time spent studying the truth is not an option.
Charles Spurgeon was known to say, “If there is a crooked stick, and you want to show how crooked it is, you need not waste words in description. Place a straight one by the side of it, and the thing is done directly.”
In order to know if something is true, we must compare it to God’s Word, the basis for all truth.
For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.–Psalm 18:28
Bible Study: Time for Something that Lasts
The man in the Twilight Zone episode could never find enough time to enjoy what he treasured most. Sadly, when he did have enough time, his window of opportunity to do so had passed.
How about you?
Are you digging into the treasure of God’s Word? Share your experiences with us!