DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Several people in our church have the text of the Bible on their iPads or other electronic devices, and they even use these texts during worship services. Do you think these will ever replace regular Bibles? I hope not, because I'm not very good with things like this. —S.W.R.
Dear S.W.R.: No, I don't think electronic Bibles will ever replace printed Bibles — at least not for a long time to come. Even your friends who use an electronic version probably have at least one printed copy that they use from time to time.
At the same time, we should rejoice that God's Word is available today in so many new ways! God's will is for people to know His Word, and I'm grateful for every new way that's been developed to make the Bible more available. No matter how the Bible's words come to us, the Holy Spirit is able to use them to bring conviction and faith to our hearts. As the Bible says, "God's word is not chained" (2 Timothy 2:9).
I'm like you; at my age, I doubt if I'll ever feel comfortable with something other than a printed Bible. But I have grandchildren (and now great-grandchildren) who use new technologies every day, and I'm thankful the Bible is now available in ways that speak to their generation. The Bible says, "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrew s 4:12, NKJV).
The most important question, however, is this: Is the Bible part of your life? Are you listening to God speak through its pages, and is its truth changing your life? Don't leave your Bible on the shelf or look at it only once a week, but make it part of your life every day.