Read Psalm 119:72, 127, 162; Joshua 7
Don’t misunderstand the question. It isn’t How much did your Bible cost? because that is not important. The question is How much is your Bible worth? Because the way you value God’s Word pretty much reveals the kind of Christian you really are.
The psalmist valued God’s Word above gold and silver, and even above the rich spoils of war. (By the way, there’s a suggestion in Ps 119:162 that we must battle before we can claim the spoils of God’s Word. Bible study demands the courage and discipline of a soldier!) The psalmist would rather discover the treasures of God’s Word than the treasures of kings.
It is really too bad that Achan did not have this same attitude. Unfortunately he preferred material treasures to spiritual treasures. He decided to have the ungodly spoils of war instead of the holy words of the Lord. The result was disastrous both for him and his nation.
Note in Joshua 8:2 that god permitted Israel to take the spoils from Ai! Had Achan valued God’s Word above the spoil and waited another day, he would have enjoyed all the riches his tent could hold! Reminds you of Matthew 6:33, doesn’t it?
It is in the everyday decisions of a man’s life that he discovers the true values of his Christian life. The man who lies or cheats to make himself a success, instead of obeying the Word and trusting the Lord, clearly proves what his values are. He values money above God’s Word.
How much is your Bible worth?
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).