Friday, December 17, 2010

The Number One Best Seller

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  -Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 

Yesterday I spent a little time wandering around a local bookstore to see if any books caught my eye.  I was drawn to a section that contained a number of recent best sellers.  There was a new one by one of my favorite authors, John Grisham, one from Patricia Cornwell, whom I have never read, and a few by James Patterson.  Several other authors were new to me.  I stood there wondering, not for the first time, what makes a book a best seller.  The above mentioned writers, by virtue of their following, are pretty much guaranteed to have any new book they write on the New York Times list.  For the others, it may be a matter of touching a nerve with the public or simply producing the right book at the right time. 

Perhaps you are like me and have picked up a New York Times best seller and after several chapters were amazed that such a terrible book was selling so many copies.  The tastes of the reading public is varied and no one can accurately predict just what books will peak peoples’ interests.  One book we can always count on is the Word of God, the Bible.  This remains the all time, number one, best seller.  No other book outsells or has more readers than the Bible.  I thank the Lord every day that I have His holy Word to inspire, encourage, and lift my spirits.   

No matter where you are in your life and no matter what problems you are facing, the Bible has answers.  Within God’s Word we can find comfort and encouragement to stand firm in the face of whatever difficulties life throws at us.  Those trials will come, and through faith in Christ and by standing on the Word we can find strength to go forward in God’s power.  We also find within the Bible God’s plan of redemption for mankind through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The Bible was relevant to our forefathers and it remains relevant to us today.  Open the Word of God today and let its blessed truths speak to your heart today.

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