I love those who love Me; and those who diligently seek Me will find Me. Proverbs 8:17
Joe bought a bunch of Bibles to have on hand to pass out to people he met who wanted one. He always kept a couple in his car; the rest he kept in his bedroom at home to draw from as needed. These are what were left in his closet. I am tempted to keep them because they are one more connection to him, but of course God’s Word is not meant to be hoarded.
In it God reveals Himself to us: His love for us, His perfect justice, and the great lengths He has gone to in order to save us from our foolishness. I believe (as did Joe) that the message of the Bible is alive, always relevant, and effective in changing lives. It provides moral direction and a reason for my confident hope in a wonderful, eternal future.
My church is holding a drive to collect Bibles and Christian books for an international literacy program, so I plan to donate his Bibles this week. Joe’s legacy continues, years after his death. I love how, in spite of Joe’s natural bent toward introspection and melancholy, God took hold of his heart in his later years, comforting him and inspiring him to show God’s love to others by serving, giving, listening, and sharing the Word of God. He gave Joe a purpose, then helped him fulfill it. May He do the same for you and me.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12