The words of an old country song sung by Hank Williams may help us to understand why we are in such a moral decay in our country.
“Dust on the Bible, dust on the Holy Word
The Word of all the prophets and the sayings of our Lord
Of all the other books you’ll find, there’s none that salvation holds,
Get the dust off the Bible and redeem your poor soul.”
I am certain that a Bible could be found in almost every home today. More than 100 million Bibles are sold annually around the world. The Bible is the number one seller of all books. With that in mind I would like to challenge you as I did to my congregation this past Sunday to read the Bible. When a nation reads the Word of God and practices it precepts, that nation will prosper. But great neglect of the Bible and its teachings will continue to produce moral decline—and eventual national destruction.
We need to study the Bible and live by it. Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4. Only obedience to, and love of, God’s Word can lead to moral and national prosperity.
Do you love the Bible? Ancient King David loved the scriptures that were available to him. He said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105. We all need that lamp and light.
The Bible is the most important book in the world. It reveals the true meaning and purpose of life. It gives principles for true success, fulfillment and happiness. It explains why our world is in such confusion and danger. Its prophecies reveal the future, including the soon return of Jesus Christ to this earth. It tells us how to prepare for the great events to come. Scripture teaches us how to get along with our neighbors and love our enemies in a godly way. And it reveals the way to life beyond death---eternal life.
The Bible is a storehouse of valuable treasures. How can we reap the treasures contained in this amazing book? The Bible promises us, “If you seek her as silver, and search for her as hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:4-6.
When is the last time you opened your Bible? Is there dust on your Bible? Read your Bible regularly. Take your Bible with you to a Bible believing church where the Bible is preached. God cannot open the windows of heaven to one who keeps their Bible shut.