I simply can't grasp the Bible. One of the guys at the prison was talking about the Bible a couple weeks ago, saying that it was unlike any other book he has ever read. He said that when you read other books, you can just go cover to cover without much thought to it. However, he said the Bible was something different. Each chapter and verse can not be read like other books. The words are real and heavy, often times needing to be read again and again before one can understand and even begin to grasp what they mean. I admit that I often times struggle with the Bible. The Bible has the ability to affect something deep inside of me and convict me. I am the type of person that is all or nothing. Cover to cover. I struggle with living in the in-between. I want to be able to open the Bible, read it, and understand. I want to be able to open it and have God tell me exactly what to do. I desire to be able to simply apply the words to my life, telling me what job to have and where to live. The truth is that the Bible can never be fully understood. God will never be fully understood. What other book can be read over and over and show something different to the reader each time?
It's obvious if you spend any time in South Africa that Nelson Mandela is idolized by everyone. He is the country's hero and the main reason apartheid is over. Cameron, the head coach at the prison, argued that the most influential moment for South Africa was when Mandela was given one thing while in prison...a Bible. This one book can transform lives and give people hope. Its been amazing to see how the Bibles of the prisoners have become their source and their strength. I don't think I fully understand the weight and significance of the Bible, growing up in home where I always had the privilege of owning my own Bible. I desire to get to a point where the Bible is my source and my strength, the only earthly possession that I really need.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3: 16-17
"For the word of God is living 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
"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it."
Joshua 1: 8
I have tried to upload a video of a promo of a book that I read last year, called "My Generation" by Josh Riebock. I recommend the book. The video is called Conviction Train. If it doesn't work the URL is . I pray that we can all put the Bible at the center of our lives.
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