It's a beautiful day in North Carolina today. It's the kind of day that reminds me of Psalm 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the firmament shows his handiwork.
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Ever since the beginning of the church, Christians have been in the business of wanting to become Christlike. Spiritual formation is something of a trend right now, but it is nothing new. For two centuries devoted people have wanted to become more Christlike. Many books have been written on the subject, and I'll talk about some of those as this month goes on. Today, though, I want to commend to you the two great books that Christians have been using for two millenia.
The first great book is the Bible. Of all generations we are particularly blessed in that we have the Bible in such a wonderful form. We can have a translation into nearly any language; we can have a Bible in many different versions; we can have a large study Bible for our desktops and one that fits into our purses or even on our smartphones. The trick is that we need to read this great book.
The second great book is the "book" of Nature. As Psalm 19 says, "the heavens declare the glory of God." This is true! Taking a real look at the creation of God can do much to fill your soul with glory and drive you to your knees in praise, adoration, and gratitude. This is good for your soul.
Now, simply reading the book of Nature without ever looking at the Bible would be a mistake. But just reading the Bible without ever pausing to adore the God of creation would also be a mistake. I suggest that reading deeply of both of these great books is an essential step on the path to Christlikeness.
What do you think?