July 31, 2011

Though Patrick Henry had been a successful lawyer, a patriot who fought in the Revolutionary War, a bold investor, and a respected statesman, he had been too busy to read his Bible for most of his life. The man who famously said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” in Saint John’s Church also said these words about the Bible on his deathbed, “Here is a book worth more than all the other books which were ever printed; yet it is my misfortune never to have, till lately, found time to read it with proper attention and feeling.” Do you read your Bible? If not, what is stealing your time away? Notice that a man who was helping to found the greatest nation this world has ever seen recognized that it was his “misfortune” to have not made the time to read his Bible. It’s been well said, “a Bible that is falling apart is usually owned by a person who isn’t.” Does that describe you? Do you spend so much time turning the pages that the edges are worn and torn? Have you rifled through the scriptures so much that the binding has become loose? Is the leather cracked and peeling off from your many long and desperate hours of seeking closeness with the heart of God? Or is its binding still golden, its leather without crease, and its pages stuck together? Make time to read your Bible… those that do will say like Job, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” – Job 23:12 … Those who do shall have no regrets… regardless of your occupation. Selah.

-Pastor Joe McCormick

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