The past several weeks, our family has been playing a game with each other. As we drive down the road or as we are sitting at home, we ask each other "Would You Rather" questions. This is Anni's favorite game to play the past few weeks.
Usually, the game goes something like this. I will ask her a question and then she asks me a question. Sometimes the questions are silly like, "Would you rather go to McDonalds or Burger King?" And sometimes the questions are a bit more serious: "Would you rather go on a date with me or mom?" (she didn't like my answer to that one).
But last night as I was sitting on the back porch reading a book, she brought a chair up next to mine and asked to play a few times before bed. I begrudgingly agreed and put my book down to focus on her for a few minutes. Then she asked this question:
"Would You Rather Read The Bible
Or A Book That Tells All About God?"
At first, I thought, well, the Bible is a book that tells all about God, so I can't answer that question. But then I felt really convicted by my 7-year old daughter. You see, it is really easy for me to become consumed with reading books about God instead of reading The Book from God! I would guess I am not alone in this. It becomes so easy to become overwhelmed by the thoughts of men instead of running towards the revelation from God. I find it way to intriguing for me to pick up a book by Paul Tripp explaining the grace of God than it is to read about the grace of God myself from a special grace of the Scriptures. Don't you?
I guess that has to change. Don't get me wrong, I read the Bible almost everyday. I study it often. But even as I do that, I find myself drawn back to what others have written about it instead of taking the time to work at understanding it myself. That needs to change the older I get in the faith. I need to read and reread and reread the Scriptures more and more as it is the only inspired words of literature I will read today. I hope you will as well.
How would you answer that question?