Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Fire Extinguishers And Bibles
Luke 16:24 – Then he cried and said, "Father Abraham,
have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in
water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame." (NKJV)
We moved into the house that we are living in now just over three
years ago and we saw that there were smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
detectors in various places throughout the house. Due to the fact that our
minds were totally set on getting moved and settled, I did not pay much
attention to them until one of them started talking to us in the middle of
the night. It was hard to understand at first, but then, I deciphered the
words "low battery". It was a warning that the battery needed to
After that, I wondered where our fire extinguisher
was, and after some looking around, we came to the conclusion that we had
not brought it from the old house. It was on a bracket in the hallway down
to the basement, and we had apparently left it there. So, I went to the
hardware store and bought a new one. It is on a shelf in a closet next to
the kitchen, just in case we need it.
Having read some recent
letters to the editor about the irrelevancy of the Bible, and after having
discussed this with some people, we concluded that the Bible, too, is left
on a shelf quite often, there in case of an emergency. But that should not
be the case, because after all:
Hebrews 4:12 – For
the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be
complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJV)
read and study the Bible, I am daily amazed at the wonderful stories, the
dire warnings, the instructive history, the valiant struggles of the early
believers, the exciting promise of a place in heaven, and the words of
comfort for us here on earth. There is also the concept that faith and
belief in God's Word can extinguish the possibility of being exposed to
the fires of hell for those who put their trust in Christ. Would that more
people would read, learn from, and believe the words of Scripture. Allowing
the Bible to sit on a shelf, collecting dust until it is needed like a fire
extinguisher, is not the answer.
Prayer: Our Father in
heaven, we realize that there are so many people who know about Your Word,
but just don't take the time to read it. It is our sincere prayer that
more will feel the need to read Your Word and that through it, Your
blessing will be upon them. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.
Joel Jongkind <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada
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