You’ve often heard it said that Christians should always “stand on the Word of God.” But, exactly what does that mean to you? Most often I find myself in the position of “easier said then done.” I would like to share a recent experience that lead up to this topic of “standing on the Word of God.” How it came about was most unusual, as it quite often is. It started with my Maytag washer going on the fritz. For whatever reason, our washer decided not to empty during the spin cycle. Being the man that I am I waited two days before I called a repairman. I guess I thought if I waited it would fix itself. Now I realize that I was only procrastinating. When I finally called the repairman, I was told he would come on Monday between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. Don’t you love these types of appointments? Now I’m trapped in the house and locked into someone else’s schedule. Little did I know that it was actually God’s schedule that I was on and He had an appointment for me.
WADING IN THE WORD
The repairman arrive at my house at about 10:00 am … much earlier then I had anticipated. I struck up a casual conversation and for anyone who knows me, you know that it won’t stay casual for long. You are bound to hear about the goodness of Jesus and the blessings that He bestows upon His children. I told the repairman that I had started a Christian blog called Wade In The Word. I went on to explain how it was sort of a play on words in that my last name was Wade and how it made reference to “wading” in the word of God. For me “wading” in the word is studying, learning, knowing God’s word so deeply that you are able to see the things of God in everyday occurrences. When you “wade” in the word you can’t help but want to share what God is showing you with others. You would be amazed at how sharing your faith will open up doors, tear down walls and build bridges to share about Jesus with others. Not to mention, you also might blow the much needed cover of a Secret Agent Christian (Refer to one of my recent posts). Come to find out, this repairman had been raised in the Christian faith but had gone away from that which he was taught. He shared that recently he had been searching for a church home and was desiring to renew his commitment to The Lord. He was excited by this idea of “wading” in the word and it reminded him of a story of a little boy who stood on the Word of God.
There was a young boy whose mother had always taught him to “stand on the Word of God.” He had heard this said time and time again. It had been instilled in him that in times of trouble you can stand on the Word of God. One day, the mother of this young boy had left the house to go to the store. She had also left some food cooking on the stovetop. The food over cooked and started a fire. Smoke filled the house and the little boy could not reach the window to escape. He placed a chair by the window in an attempt to climb out, but he wasn’t tall enough to reach and open the window. Rather then panic he remember what his mother told him, in times of trouble you can always stand on the Word of God. He saw a Bible on the table, picked it up and placed it on the seat of the chair by the window. Then, he stood on the Bible. Well that was all the height he needed to open the window and climb to safety. The firemen arrived and his mother was yelling, “My son is in the house …my son!” The little boy calmly yelled to his mother, “Here I am.” “How did you get out?” his mother asked. The boy said, “You told me that I could always stand on the Word of God … and so I did.”
The little boy in this story took standing on the Word of God literally. All to often as adults we take simple things and make them complicated. A child will take complicated things and make them simple. Jesus knew this when He said, in Matthew 18:3: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. What does this mean? It means we ought to have the perspective of a child … a child-like faith that simply believes. The little boy in the story believed and had faith in his mother’s words. Likewise we need to believe and have faith in the most powerful words there are — God’s words.
THE WORD OF GOD STANDS FOREVER
Isaiah puts it this way …
A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8
What a promise to cling to; that God’s words will never pass away! The Bible is full of promises and those promises should be the foundation on which we stand. More on that next time …