READ: Psalm 119:97-104
It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” —Matthew 4:4
If you drive south of our home in Boise, Idaho, you’ll see a volcanic
butte that rises out of the sagebrush on the east side of the road. This is the initial point from which the state of Idaho was surveyed.
In 1867, four years after Idaho was organized as a territory, Lafayette
Cartee, the Surveyor General of the United States, commissioned Peter
Bell to survey the new territory. Bell took a sledge and drove a brass
post into a little knob on the summit of that butte, declaring it to be
the initial point from which he began his survey.
The survey established the language of land description in Idaho: Townships are designated north and south of the initial point; ranges are
designated east and west. With such descriptions, you always know
exactly where you are.
We may read many books, but the Word of God is our “initial point,” the
fixed reference point. John Wesley read widely, but he always referred
to himself as “a man of one book.” Nothing can compare to the Book of
books, the Word of God. When we allow the Bible to be our guide in all
of life, we can say with the psalmist, “How sweet are Your words to my
taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103). —David Roper
Dear Lord, we are grateful for Your Book. In it
we learn of You and find guidance and direction
for our lives. Help us to learn to love Your Word
and to eagerly dig into its pages. Amen.
The Bible is like a compass: if followed, you’re going in the right direction.