Do you cherish your Bible? Do you love the Word of God?
This past week I had the opportunity to serve at a VBS. I was with the older students who were 4th and 5th graders. While I was apart of the week’s activities, one thing that I particularly enjoyed was leading a small group. I had about 14 or 15 girls that I was able to meet with once a day for three days.
The first day we met our topic was reading the Bible. I typically do not think to ask people at church if they own Bibles, but I felt led to ask my girls if they did not own a bible to raise their hands. My heart was broken when I saw that 7 girls (half of my group) did not even own God’s Word! I told them that I was getting them all bibles and they would have them the next day. I also encouraged my girls to all bring their Bibles and said that I would have mine as well.
The church had extra Bibles for me to give the group and that night I went to the store and bought journals in the girls favorite colors! It was so exciting, but only to lead up to the climax of my story…
The next day, I returned to VBS and the young ladies came running to me “Emma!” they shouted, “Do you have our Bibles?!?” I said, “Yes, I do!” I proceeded to hand out the Bibles and journals to the girls and it was amazing to see their joy and excitement. But then, on top of it all, while everybody else were playing games, my girls sat down and opened the Holy Word of God! When I saw this I was inspired. It was a 1 Timothy 4:12 kind of moment. These 4th grade girls were setting an example to me. Age did not matter, size did not matter, smarts did not matter, their fervor for the Gospel mattered.
This experience also convicted me. I had been having “quiet times” with the Lord, but missing my joy and passion. I was going through the motions, but not getting a lot of time in His Word. When I saw the reaction of kids that have never owned Bibles receive them for the first time, my perspective was transformed! How terrible of me to ignore and abandon the written love note from my Savior Jesus and say, “I’ll get to it later,” or “I hope today’s reading is a short chapter.” How dare I treat spending time with Him like a job or a homework assignment? This is incorrect. I know that I cannot rely on my feelings because the will change, but I can rely on the Holy Spirit and pray for passion to read His Word with the right attitude and heart.
My prayer is that we will start living like today is the last day we have our Bibles. What if God’s Word was taken away from you? What if you did not even have the option of reading it because it was not conveniently sitting on your nightstand? I thank God for young women that love His Word and set the example of being zealous followers of the one true God!
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”