One of the things I have noticed during my recent afflictions is that when things have been bad all I have wanted is the Bible. Whereas when there has been an alleviation of symptoms then I have been happy to read books.
When my being has been struggling to move through life it is to the Word that I have turned. I have searched for those morsels of truth that will keep me alive and give me hope.
The danger of this, of course is that the Word of God just operates as an emergency assist. It should obviously be so much more. However, it is wonderful how the Word of the Lord is fully suitable to meet us in our need.
I am certainly not saying the that books are of no value. But we must be aware that they are not of necessary value. They must always be supplementary to the Word. They assist us in understanding the Word and the Lord’s ways revealed therein.
So I will use the books, but I will also be aware that the Word must always be paramount. As the psalmist says. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Ps 119:105) and I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread (Job 23:12b).
So may I learn to use the books, but live by and on the Word.