by Doris Hoover
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. Psalm 19:9-11 NIV
I love fine jewelry. Its sparkle and shine attract my eye. My husband likes to tease me that I’m drawn like a moth to light to jewelry stores, even though I mostly just browse. Something about the beauty of polished gold stirs my spirit.
Today’s Bible verses compare God’s Word to pure gold. The black and white words we read in the Bible are righteous precepts to guide us through life. They are majestic, stunning, and alluring words, because they originated in the mind of God. Opening the Bible and reading it is like opening the door to a jewelry store where a light shines on pure polished pieces of gold displayed on black velvet.
When the Lord gave the Law to Israel, the presentation reflected the value of what they were receiving. Moses was to meet God Himself atop Mount Sinai. Three days prior to the meeting, the people purified themselves. Boundaries were established at the foot of the mountain with a warning that anyone crossing them would be put to death.
On the day of the meeting, thunder rumbled and lightning flashed as a dense cloud covered the mountain. With a trumpet blast, Moses led the people to the base of the mountain while he climbed to the top. The people trembled as the Lord descended on it in fire.
When Moses came down from the mountain and told the people all the Lord’s words, they responded unanimously, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” (Exodus 24:3)
Jesus so revered God’s Word that He used the words verbatim when He responded to Satan’s temptations in the wilderness, “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4 NIV) And Paul tells us, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
The Lord has given us a book that is so pure and valuable, nothing on earth compares to its worth. In it we read about the creation of everything, our origin, and God’s amazing plan to redeem us from sin and bring us into His eternal presence.
Before I was a Christian, I didn’t know much of what the Bible said. I had access to the book, but I never knew its value. As a new Christian, I dove into God’s word with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. But it was during my most difficult trials that I truly discovered the preciousness of what was written. During those times, I didn’t just read my Bible, I opened it and climbed into the arms of Jesus while He soothed me with the sweet balm of the Word. I made my bed in the book of Psalms where the Lord fed me a substance that was sweeter than honey. I was drawn to the hope, peace and comfort of God’s word like a moth is drawn to a light.
I still love the beauty of pure gold, but the most precious treasure I own is made of black ink and paper. The Bible is a treasure available to each one of us. If we read it and meditate on it, we’ll discover its immeasurable worth.
About the author: Doris Hoover lives in Florida, but she also spends time along the coast of Maine. Her passion is discovering God’s messages in nature and sharing them with others. You can visit Doris at captivatedbythecreator.com.
Doris’ book, Quiet Moments in The Villages, A Treasure Hunt Devotional invites you to step outside to discover the treasures God places around you. She leads you to beautiful places in her home town. Her poetic descriptions and beautiful photography draw you into moments that will stir your heart.
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