The search for genuine happiness goes on and on. New books, promising an end to heartache and strife, continually put forth new philosophies, fresh ideas, and startling discoveries. They burst on the popular scene like gigantic fireworks, burn brightly for a while, capture a popular following, and then fade away, leaving only a few diehards behind.
In his Journal, Henry D. Thoreau, the nineteenth-century American writer, said, “This is man: a writer of books, a putter-down of words, a painter of pictures, a maker of ten thousand philosophies. He grows passionate over ideas, he hurls scorn and mockery at another’s work, he finds the one way, the true way, for himself, and calls all the others false – yet in the billion books upon the shelves there is not one that can tell him how to draw a single fleeting breath in peace and comfort. He makes histories of the universe, he directs the destiny of nations, but he does not know his own history, and he cannot direct his own destiny with dignity or wisdom for ten consecutive minutes.”
Thoreau was right in saying that our best-written books and most carefully constructed philosophies fail to bring peace. We would face certain despair if all we had was our own wisdom. But one book is different – God Word. Out of “the billion books upon the shelves,” only the Bible shows the way to peace, freedom, and happiness. It points us to Jesus Christ, and He alone reveals the true way. – David C.Egner
There is a vast difference between the books men make and the Book that makes men.
- October 6, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread