I recently heard about a missionary in China who had been put in prison by the Chinese government. It was his first time being put in prison and at this point in his ministry he had not memorized much of Scripture. So when he was put in his jail cell, not being able to have anything in there with him, he grew anxious and frustrated. In many ways he began to grow spiritually dry because he did not have access to the Bible. After he was let out of prison, knowing that it was very possible for him to return to prison for doing gospel ministry, he made it a priority of his to memorize Scripture and to store it in his heart (Psalm 119:11). Inevitably he was taken back to prison, but this time having a lot of scripture memorized. This led to a much more peaceful and ironically enough vibrant time in prison.
This helps us to put in perspective the importance of the Word of God in our lives. I mention this story not necessarily so that everyone will begin to memorize Scripture, even though that would not be a bad thing, but so that we realize the importance of scripture in our lives and how it sustains us. Much like going to prison, we will face trials in our lives that will test us and the only sure foundation to stand upon is the Word of God. You may be in a trial right now and so the exhortation would be to run to the Word seeking God so that you may stand. If you do not have a trial in your life right now it is even more of a reason to begin to build upon the foundation of the Word of God so that when trials come, which they will, you will be able to find your true rest, refuge and strength in God’s Word.
Scripture: Revelation 3:7-13
Sermon: Kept by the Word we Keep