Although cell phones have been around a long time, I recently bought my first “real” cell phone. Being rather anti-technology, I only got it in order to be able to take pictures of our adopted daughter anytime, anywhere, and easily send them with text to Birthmom. I have been resistant to all the people who want to help me learn all there is to know and do this phone. I stubbornly just want to know how to take and send the pictures even though the gadget does many more things.

Sometimes I am stubborn like this when I read God’s Word. I just want to feel good by being reminded how much He loves me, be encouraged, know I am forgiven,…  Don’t misunderstand me, these are wonderful truths that I can and want to be reminded of in God’s Word.  However, like my new phone has numerous other capabilities, the benefits of God’s Word are immeasurable.  Sometimes I just want to feel good and don’t realize the treasure I hold in my hands.  I don’t see the time He provides and the desire He has for me to dig deeper into His words and grow in grace, to abide in Him.  Charles H. Spurgeon said, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens our years.”  At age fifty-something, I may never realize the potential of my new phone, but I pray that I will not limit my study of God’s Word.

I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12