I have been reading the book titled “Tortured for Christ” by Voice of Martyrs, that tells the story of Richard and Sabrina Wurmbrand. A powerful couple that preached the gospel with their lives.
Imprisoned for their faith, Richard had not seen the Bible in years. On a fateful day, he finally got the gospel of John through a new prison mate he had.
See his reaction below.
Richard handled the gospel as if it were a bird with broken wings. The brittle pages were more precious to him than any medicine. He turned each page, amazed and refreshed by its contents. His eyes chanced on passages he hadn’t seen since his imprisonment. The punishment for being caught with a Bible was worth even a few seconds of reading. Richard didn’t care if they executed him. He held a fountain of life in his hands, after taking a soul-satisfying drink, he passed the book around the room _ pg 240.
I read that and shivers ran down my spine. My heart was convicted.
Do I rejoice at the sight of my Bible(s) like this? Do I consider God’s word a fountain of life? Do I cherish the most important book that lay on my room’s desk this much?
As I also read this book, I began to see the importance of memorizing scriptures. Not just verses but paragraphs and chapters. Richard didn’t see the Bible for years but the memorized word of God that was hidden in his heart kept his thirsty and hungry soul filled to an extent.
I hope that you and I will do better.
Let us be intentional in spending time in God’s word.
Sit at his feet.
Father, increase the hunger and thirst for your word in our hearts. May we rejoice at the sight and hearing of your word and may you grant us retentive memory and a yielding heart so we may hide your word in there in Jesus name. Amen.
You are Eternally Loved