God's WordI misplaced my Bible last week during a mission trip to Canada. Funny thing is, I’ve had this Bible for decades and only misplaced it twice. Both times happened this year during trips to Canada.

In January, I left it at the community center where a local church meets. I found it the next day in the lost and found bin. Then last week, it lay hidden under the seat of our rental car when we turned it in. I called Avis the very next day but they had already rented the car again. They promised to hold the car when it was returned for a thorough inspection.

Three days later they called back and left a message. We played phone tag for two days before we finally connected. They found my Bible! The Avis desk would not be open when we flew out a few days later, so I made a special trip to the airport to pick it up.

BibleI do have other Bibles, but this one is precious. This red leather edition is the 1984 NIV translation. I’ve used this Bible for memorization. I can quickly locate all my favorite passages. I know if they fall on the left side or right and in which column. I’ve studied in this Bible and I’ve taught from this Bible. I was not going to let it go without doing everything I could to find it.

Sentimental value aside, this Bible is just paper, leather, and ink. God’s Word and the truth found in it, is infinitely more than that. As I reflected on my efforts to get this particular Bible back, I began to wonder what I cared about more – this Bible or God’s Word. Do I pursue God’s true and eternal Word like I did my lost Bible?

One day, this physical Bible will be gone. If I don’t lose it forever in Canada, it will one day finally disintegrate with age. But God’s Word, which is recorded in my Bible, stands forever.

“Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” Psalm 119:89

God’s Word is not bound by culture or restricted by time. It judges my thoughts, attitudes, and motivations.

“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

If I listen to God’s Word and follow it, His Word will lead me in the way I should go.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

So, do I care more about my Bible or God’s Word. Yes, I love this red leather Bible. But I desire to live by the Word of Truth recorded between its covers.

What about you? Do you care more about your Bible or God’s Word?

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