Saturday, August 1, 2020

Her Best Friend - Martin Wiles

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 NLT
She lay on her bed—her friend beside her.
For as long as I can remember, my great-grandmother lived with my paternal grandparents. I never knew my great-grandfather—or exactly why my great-grandmother came to live with my grandparents.
Since my grandmother served as my babysitter, I saw my great-grandmother almost every day. She always seemed ancient, but recently I calculated her age when I was a young boy. Just a few years older than I am now.
She and my grandmother loved to sit in the living room, watch game shows on television, and crochet. She also loved to plant and work with flowers in the yard and in her bedroom. What time she wasn’t in the living room, she lay on her bed in her room.
A plain wooden chair with armrests rested at the foot of her bed—a chair I now own. And in that chair, I often sat—watching her crochet, listening to her stories, and watching her best friend that never left her side. Her Bible always lay just beside her on the bed or on the nightstand beside her bed—another piece of furniture I own. And most proudly, I own her ragged Bible—the cover long gone, and the pages ruffled.
My great-grandmother came to mind one Christmas. I took out a small night lamp, turned it on, placed her Bible on the table in front of it, and turned the pages to Luke 2—the Christmas story.
My great-grandmother believed what the writer of Hebrews said about God’s Word. She kept it close by and always lived out its principles. Never once did I see or hear her violate any command of God’s Word. Her example taught me a lot.
Though aged, God’s Word is not dead. The stories still come alive when read, and the commands are still relevant. When read, God’s Word burns into our souls and becomes an instrument through which God confronts us with our spiritual needs—the most important needs in life. But the Word doesn’t leave us hanging with no hope. It gives us the solution to our dilemmas as well as guidance for every life situation.
Let God’s Word become your best friend.
Prayer: Father, thank You for giving us the most important book in the world.

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