The Well-Used Word

Steven Laman

READ : Psalm 119:9-16

If you look at my Bible, you will see that it looks ancient, with torn and wrinkled pages. If you open it, you see highlighted lines going every way imaginable. How I wish my Bible could look better, but it can’t. My disability makes it almost impossible for me to keep pages in books looking neat.

At first it bothered me that my Bible looked so tattered. I thought, “This is God’s Word, His gift to me, and I should keep it in good condition.” But soon I realized that it is a gift for me to use and read daily.

In Hebrews, the Bible is compared to a sword. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. . . .” (Heb. 4:12). A sword is supposed to get hard use. It is used for winning battles. Many nicks and scratches on a sword show that it has been used in battle over and over again.

If God’s people read His Word often, it is normal that it will get banged up. In China, where Bibles are scarce, people are always repairing their Bibles because they read them so often, and new ones are hard to get.

I hope your Bible is looking used, maybe not as tattered looking as mine, but used. If it is, then you are hiding His Word in your heart.


Father, help us to hide Your Word in our hearts daily. In Your Son’s name. Amen.