Last evening, I wrote about Vacation Bible School and how I had to attend each summer back in the neighborhood I grew up in on the south side of Chicago. This evening, as we were discussing our day, Janet and I started speaking about some of the things we learned in VBS back when we were both little children. In fact, even though Janet and her family also went to Trinity Methodist Church, where we worshipped, she also attended Salem Baptist Church and the same VBS my brothers and I went to. Even after all these years, it is still amazing to me that Janet and I have so many shared experiences. In fact, it’s quite comforting to realize that somebody on the face of the earth has thousands of the same experiences that I have had – all the way back to our earliest recollections.
Anyway, she mentioned a song that we learned when we were little kids and the the words came rushing back to me. In fact, we both knew the words. The chorus went like this:
Yes, that’s the book for me…
I stand alone on the word of God;
Now, we’re talking more than 50 years ago and we still both remember how the B-I-B-L-E song went; as well as the tune we sang it to. Those teachers really made an impression on both of us – and I hope the same thing happens with those teachers who have had access to our kids and even their kids. So let’s not delay with the verse for the evening – it’s a simple one… From 1 Pet. 4:11, “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Note that even though this is not the last verse in Peter’s epistle, he breaks into a benediction because he is so moved by the strength and majesty of God – overcome, as it were, with emotion.
And to think that Janet and I learned this more than half a century ago! My encouragement this evening is that God still wants us to get weak in the knees, just like Peter did, when we think about the awesome word of God. And my prayer is that you will take some time to reflect on how important God’s word is to our very lives every day. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…