There is something very special about a well-worn Bible, one that has been with you for many years, perhaps decades. There may be a few tear-stained pages from the times your heart was broken and you needed comfort. There are underlines where you found a promise that kindled faith when you were struggling to find hope. Some pages are especially worn because you keep going back to that story that inspires you every time you read it. In the margins, you will find notes you made to capture insights that brought deeper truths to light. There are highlighted verses that revealed God's unfathomable grace. You might say that your Bible is like a dear friend who has been with you through good times and bad. A friend you could depend on, no matter what. Someone you could trust with your life.
As much as we cherish our Bibles, it's not the physical book, the ink and paper, that means so much to us, it is the word of God, conveyed by those pages, that we love so dearly. It is God's love letter to us. It is life's instruction manual written by our Creator. It imparts strength when we are weak. It is a guide when we are lost, lighting our path as we walk through a dark world. The word of God is truth in a world filled with lies and misinformation. It gives us reason to hope when circumstances tell us all is lost. It comforts us when our hearts are broken. To the prodigal, it is the Father's plea to return home. It honors a holy and righteous God and celebrates His grace. Above all, it announces the good news of our redemption. Through Jesus' death, the penalty has been paid for our sins, and through His resurrection, we have eternal life. It is no wonder that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over five billion copies sold and distributed. It is a book like no other.