“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”Colossians 3:16
I received $40 for my 11th birthday. A Swatch watch was $35 plus tax, so I knew exactly what I was going to do with my birthday money. I asked my mom to take me to the store, and I was so proud to be able to purchase this watch. I loved this watch, so I took good care of it and even took it off when I played with my dog. I would gently place it in the onion basket that hung outside, but one day I forgot to put it back on my wrist after playing.
I went outside the next day to retrieve my watch from the basket, and to my sheer terror, I saw my watch in several pieces strewn about the yard. My prized possession was no longer, and even though I tried to fix it, it was beyond repair. I got so mad at my dog that I wanted to take him out like Old Yeller, but my mom did not allow me to. Once my anger subsided, heartbreak set in, and I figured I would have to save my money to buy a new one. My mom had an idea and made me an offer I could not refuse.
The AWANA program at our church had just started for the year, and I got my brand new book which normally would suffice for the eight-month-long program. My mom proposed that if I passed my book, then she would buy me a Swatch to replace the one I had. I had never been so motivated to memorize God’s Word, and I began to tear into my AWANA book. I recited verses into my tape recorder and played them back to myself so that I would remember them. I wish I could say I loved memorizing God’s Word, but I really loved the thought of obtaining a brand new Swatch. It did not take long for me to pass my book, and my mom honored her word and took me to buy my watch. I dared not put my watch ever again into the onion basket.
Isaiah 55:11 states, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void (empty), but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” As He promised, God’s Word did not have an empty return in my life, and at the most opportune times, those verses I memorized as a kid still come to mind. I can’t tell you how many times God has brought those verses to the forefront of my memory when I needed them most. Although I pursued my simple ambitions to get a Swatch, it did not stop the power of God’s Word from penetrating my thoughts and heart. Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick (living), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder (division) of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Are you allowing the Word of God to dwell in you? Are you allowing His Word to change your life? Are you memorizing and meditating on truths in order to battle the Devil? Psalm 119:11 states, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” May our lives be changed by the Word of God and may we allow His Word to change us so that we honor and glorify Him.