The Precious Word

And the child Samueal ministered unto the Lord before Eli.  And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

I Samuel 3:1

In the days of Samuel, the word of the Lord was precious because there was no open vision.  Imagine not having the word of the Lord.  Imagine living in a place or a time where there is no Bible.  Imagine trying to live a Christian life on tiny scraps of the word of the Lord that you had heard from someone else.  Imagine not having the Bible.  The word of the Lord would be very precious.

Fortunately, we do have the Bible.  The word of the Lord is available to us.  We can have as many Bibles as we want.  I was at the Dollar Store the other day and noticed that even they had Bibles.  Not only did they have inexpensive Bibles, they had inexpensive Bibles on CD.  We can have a Bible in our hands, we can read the Bible on the internet, we can listen to the Bible on a CD and we can download the Bible and listen to it anywhere.  The word of the Lord is not rare and scarce like it was in the days of Samuel.  But, in light of the abundant availability of the Bible to us, one question remains: how precious is it to us?  Is it precious to us?  Do we love it and cherish it or does it sit on the bookshelf unread and collecting dust?  How precious is it to us?  Let us be thankful for His Word and let us never forget just how precious of a gift it is.  People of all ages and places have not always had the same access to the Word of the Lord that we have had.

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