Recently I’ve been doing some studying in the Biola University Library, and I really enjoy it there. But then, I guess I’d be hard-pressed to find a library I didn’t like. My wife and I love books and libraries; we spent much time together in the Multnomah Bible College Library when we were first dating; and we usually end up visiting the local library in any place where we vacation (yes, we are unashamedly nerds in that way!). The public library in Encinitas, CA is one of my favorites, as there is a beautiful view of the ocean from almost any part of the library.
This is what the wise King Solomon said about words and books:
The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Eccles. 12:11-14)
If the reading (or writing) of books pushes me to fear God more and obey His commands, then it is time well spent, because that is what matters most. I wonder if there will be books or libraries in heaven?