There’s a man I read about who wasn’t raised in a spiritual home. His parents were fine people, but they just didn’t have anything to do with God. One summer when he was in junior high school, all of his friends invited him to a camp put on by the local church. When he arrived, he noticed a big trophy on the platform of the main gathering room. He was very competitive, great in both sports and academics. He made up his mind right then and there that he was going to win that trophy. He found out that it was going to be given to the person who could memorize the most scripture verses. This young man had never picked up the Bible; he’d never been to church before, but he was so competitive that in two days he memorized 30 verses of scripture and won that trophy.
Fifteen years later, he was an all-American football player headed to the NFL with a very bright future. One day he felt a terrible pain in his chest. He didn’t know what was happening. He soon passed out. At 22 years of age, he had a massive heart attack. He woke up in the emergency room and lay there with tubes coming out of everywhere, scared to death. He didn’t know what to do. But on that emergency room table, all of the sudden from deep inside, all those scriptures he had memorized fifteen years earlier began to come up once again. He started quoting scripture after scripture. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You are with me.” “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?”
The doctors didn’t think he was going to make it, but today that young man is healthy and whole. In fact, he is a minister. He goes all over telling people what God has done for him. But it all started when he put the seed of God’s Word on the inside.
Friends, God’s Word is alive and full of power. Plant that seed in your heart. Meditate on His Word. Memorize scripture. The Word of God is the seed that always produces an abundant harvest. You may not understand it now, but you can rest assured that when you need it, God is going to cause it to come alive in your own life.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV)