I'm Thankful for the Bible

Each day until Thanksgiving, Everyday Truth is looking at a different reason to be thankful in a family devotional. Use these devotionals with your kids to help keep your family focused on giving thanks. If you missed the introductory post, check it out here for directions on creating a "Thanksgiving wall." When you're done with the devotional head on over to the Everyday Truth Facebook page and join in the discussion of why we're thankful for God's Word. Do you like to read? I do. I'll read just about anything I can get my hands on. I'll even read the back of the cereal box if it's the only thing around.

Books can teach us new things and take us to new places. When we read a book, we can travel around the world, go back in time or blast into space. We can fight pirates, meet a prince in shining armor or solve a mystery. But there's one book that is better than all the rest.

This book tells a true story, and it's written just for you. It tells the story of someone who loves you. It includes giants, wars, kings, lions and even some romance. It is the greatest story ever told.

You can find it all in the Bible. God told different men over thousands of years to write down the story of His love for us. It starts with the world He created for us to live in and ends with an assurance that Jesus will return. In between we see how God showed His love for us in the way He led the Israelites out of slavery, the way He provided for His people through the centuries and the birth and death of Jesus.

But the Bible isn't just an accounting of events. It gives us directions for how to live our lives. It talks about how to be a good friend, how to deal with people who don't like us, what to do when things are tough and even how to treat our parents. That's a lot of stuff to pack into one book.

Psalm 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." That means if we read the Bible, God will show us what He wants us to do. But we have to spend time reading our Bibles for that to happen.

Spend some time today reading your Bible. Thank God that His word has survived through the centuries. Thank Him that His word is true and useful. Write on your Thanksgiving wall today one way that you are thankful the Bible can help you.