Brush the dust off your Bible. Half the sorrows of the world come about because people don’t read their Bible. They simply don’t know and can’t understand the great truths it contains. Everyone likes to hear a secret, and the divine confidences and revelations are fascinating from every point of view.
Jesus once said to the people, “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.”
In that wonderful walk which He had with His disciples to Emmaus, after the resurrection, He said, after they had expressed their unbelief: “Oh, fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?” The next verse tells us much: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the things concerning Himself.”
These two men, after it was all over, said: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us by the way?” Now, then, all He had done was to make the Scriptures live.
Many really good people, anxious to do what’s right, fall into all kinds of blunders, and some are led away by popular heresies which are easy to the flesh, simply because they don’t read and ponder and inwardly digest the living, abiding words of the Lord.
The greatest among writers and statesmen have been devoted readers of the Bible. The works of Shakespeare, Scott, Dickens, Emerson and all the classic writers are saturated with Scriptural phrases. In world politics it is the same. What strengthened Lincoln, John Bright and William Gladstone and gave them their powers of expression but knowledge of the Word of God?
Jesus, when only twelve years old, sat among the doctors of thought and literature, and He sits there to-day, while the greatest masters bow in His presence.
If we only will read our Bible and listen to its echo within us, we will not fail to bow to righteousness, take off our hats to truth, and, like Moses, our shoes as well, feeling that we are standing on holy ground.