Have you ever tried to find that one book that you thought would change your life, inspire you, motivate you, move you, that one book???
It’s not out there.
I can’t find it (obviously because it’s not out there ^^^).
I love to go thrift store shopping for used books. There’s something about it. The thrill of finding a book, a gem, that someone thought they didn’t need anymore and so they donated it.
A few months ago, I walked into a Goodwill, hoping to find just one book. I search the shelves, going title to title. Reading who the author is and who the publisher is (Crossway Publishers are my favorite). I glance over the common books you find in thrift stores; Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King, Stephanie Meyers. I am thinking about giving up. Something within just craves to find that one book that I have come in here for. Then, I see it. John Piper’s “The Supremacy of God in Preaching.”
I pick it up, glance through it, knowing it’s a great book to have as a Preacher/Pastor, and notice there are no markings and the book is in great condition. I think, “Yes! This is why I came in here!”
Then I see another Piper book, and another, and another, and then a few John MacArthur books, and then a few more Piper books. I then realize I have a buggy full of about 20 books I’m walking out of the store with, including A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.” All in pristine condition!
“Who would have given these up?!” I thought to myself as I carry the books to the front to pay for them. My wife is out in the car and she flips when I carry the massive bag of books.
“Don’t you have enough books?!” she asks, sarcastically (I’m hoping).
My day was made. Or was it?
I realized later, after going through my library and cleaning out books I’ll never read from authors I just don’t care about, that I’m searching these books for something that motivates me, inspires me, changes me.
I’m looking for that next book!
Whether it’s C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity,” or John Piper’s “Desiring God,” or Timothy Keller’s “The Reason for God,” I’m looking for that next book that changes me.
But, now I know… I’ll never find it.
C.H. Spurgeon once said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”
Gah!!! What?!?! How much truth is there in that?!?! Why have I never, really, grabbed a hold of that?!?!
It’s within God’s Word, my daily pursuit of Truth within the pages of the Bible, my daily seeking of the Treasure of Christ within the pages that bleed His Name, it’s within that Book that I’ll find inspiration, motivation, transformation, salvation, and all encompassing sufficiency!
“God, give me that desire for Your Truth! Give me that desire to treasure Your Word, to hide it within my heart (Psalm 119:11), to crave it as honey to my soul (Psalm 119:103).”
I crave that now. I still read the good books, but it’s when I’m the Good Book that I find true satisfaction to fill my soul with Truth of His Word. Give me that sweet nectar of Truth over any other book inspired by mere humans in this world. Give me the God-inspired Word that has surpassed all generations and will never die (Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:18, 1 Peter 1:23).