At the end of his gospel, John wrote: “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25 NKJV). Imagine if all the things that Jesus ever did were written down. Not only would your house be full of books, which you would probably never get around to reading, but every house in every country would be full as well, and there wouldn’t be any duplication. What weariness it would be if we were required to read and study them all! Solomon realized this a long time ago and wrote: “My son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh” (Eccl. 12:12).
On the other hand, why didn’t God just give us a pamphlet to read, that would tell us all we need to know in a few minutes? He had much more to say than that! The Book He has given us is perfectly suited to get and keep our attention for a lifetime, and yet it is not so large as to be a burden – physically, emotionally, or intellectually.
We should study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that isn’t ashamed of having done a half-hearted job (2 Tim. 2:15). Festus tried to claim Paul was mad because of all his study of the Scriptures, but he wasn’t mad – he spoke the words of truth and soberness (Acts 26:24-25). “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Prov. 25:2).
By Tom Steere
|Of Thee, Lord, we would never tire; This new and living food
Can satisfy our hearts’ desire, for life is in Thy blood.
To find each hope of glory gained, fulfilled each precious word,
And fully all to have attained the image of our Lord.
– Mary Bowley Peters
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org