We have more access to the Bible now than at any other time in history, but the book is suffering from neglect. Most people don’t put any priority on it anymore, at least in the United States. On a trip I took to India, I learned just how blessed we are to have “a Bible in every home”. We had brought some Bibles into the country to give to the people, but we were surprised at the way they received them.

As I stood there with suitcases full of Bibles, people crowded around me like I was giving away gold. I saw people crushing each other to get a Bible. Realizing some people might be trampled to death, I had to throw the Bibles at the crowd. It was great to see that the Word was so precious to them.

Do you know what would happen if Americans had the same respect for their Bibles as the people in India? Our country would be turned upside down. We would have lower crime rates, stronger marriages and families, and fewer moral compromises. The problem is, we have many so-called “Christians” who don’t believe the Bible. Some say the Genesis Creation account isn’t true, but that God used millions of years to create the world. Others say none of the miracles in the Bible really happened. Men are taking from Scripture what they want to believe and throwing away what they don’t like as it suits them. This rejection of the Word of God by the religious community has a lot to do with the problems we’re seeing in our culture today.

But all is not lost. If you have a Bible, you can make it a priority in your life. You can meditate on its truths and let them change you. You can teach the Word to your children and watch it change them. Little by little, people will start to notice the difference it’s making in your home, your neighborhood, your workplace—everywhere you go. If you work the Word long enough, others will want to see it work for them, too.

A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, a funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder