If the Bible had not been given us, we should not always know the way that

Jesus walked. But he has given us his Word. The way of the Bible is the

way of Christ, and is therefore the true path of life. O pilgrim to the

heavenly kingdom, the Word of God will be a lamp unto thy feet and a light

unto thy way. It will lighten you home. There will never be a day so dark

but the beams of light from the blessed Bible will pierce through t

darkness and fall with a bright radiance upon your pathway. If sometimes

you can not see just where Jesus stepped, take the precious Book of God,

and it will be a lamp to show you the way he trod. One wintry morning a

father went a long distance through the deep snow to feed his sheep. A few

hours later a little boy was sent to call his father home. The child was

carefully stepping in the footprints before him, but soon a dark cloud

arose and the blinding snow-storm so dimmed his eye that he frequently

stepped aside. In the beautiful, clear light of the Bible we can see all

the way that Jesus trod. If we will walk according to the Bible, we shall

walk as Jesus walked and not show a double track. Make the blessed Word of

God your guide if you would walk aright the path of life and be happy.

"And often for your comfort you will read the Guide

and Chart:

It has wisdom for the mind and sweet solace for the


It will serve you as a mentor; it will guide you sure

and straight

All the time that you will journey, be the ending soon

or late."

'The Scriptures are given by inspiration of God and are profitable for

doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be perfect' 2 Tim. 3:16. If by faith we receive

into our hearts the instruction in righteousness as given by the

Scriptures, it will make us perfect in this life. O reader, if you would

know how to live, study the Bible. It points out the way clearly and

plainly. Let its truths in all their power reach to the depth of thy

heart. Let thy soul seize upon the Bible and drink its strength and

sweetness as the bee sips the sweetness from the flower. As the animal

eats the plant and by assimilation converts it into animal life, so eat

the Book of God and convert it into human life. It is the food of angels.

But rather than its being the Bible converted into human life, it is human

life transformed into the purity of the Bible. There are great depths to

the Bible. The simplest text contains depths to which we can ever be


They who would live a perfect life must set the life of Christ before them

as portrayed by the Holy Scriptures. You can not see much of this perfect

life by a passing glance. It is he who looks into the perfect law of

liberty and continues to look that will see the perfect life which it

pictures. The artist must look long at the landscape and get it imaged

upon his soul before he can produce it upon the canvas. The Bible

description of the life of Christ must fill your soul with admiration and

with a strong desire to possess it. Your heart must lay hold upon it until

that life is focused and printed upon your own soul. It is like the art of

photographing. The object must be set before the heart.

The Bible is the light that shines the image of Christ upon the soul. For

the pure in heart to develop into higher spiritual life, they must gain

such an admiration for the beauty of Christ that they will long to possess

him in greater fulness. The pleading of the heart will be, "Lord, let thy

beauty be upon us." Their souls will follow hard after his perfections. In

no other way will the soul unfold and develop into the higher Christian

life. He who has not learned how to grow in grace has not yet learned how

to live. To live life in the best possible manner is to be making constant

progress. Oh, let us give this world our best life! When we are nearing

the end of the way and life's sun is sinking low, if on looking back we

can see nothing but a life spent in the service of God, walking in the

light of his Word, this will afford us untold satisfaction.

O blessed Word of eternal life,

The lamp to guide the way

Through this weary world of sin and strife

To heaven's perfect day!