I recently rearranged my office in order to make it more functional, part of this meant moving books off of shelves to move the shelves across the room. While handling so many books, I had what could be called an epiphany – Why do I have all these books by other people when I can go to God myself for the same things, and it would be of more help because God will teach me directly in a way that fits me better?
James 1:5-8 reads: (5) But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. (7) For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, (8) being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Did you see that? If you lack wisdom, ask God for it, He gives to all generously and without reproach. We don’t need the books of men, we need the book of God. So, I’ve thrown away much of my personal library, all that remains is reference books for study help. And frankly, I think this should be done by all.
Deuteronomy 8:3 – D & E …man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of God
We live by everything God speaks (via Scripture), the same cannot be said of men – there are some serious errors being taught in so-called Christian circles, making for another reason to ditch the books of men. That’s not to say all are to be tossed, there is the occasional good book, but they are few in number and can be difficult to find. And when it comes down to it, it’s the Word of God that gives life. And as we each can go directly to God to get what we need, then that’s what we should do – that’s what forms and maintains relationship, which is what true Christianity is really all about.