Week 6 Day 4
I Peter 1: 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[
It is amazing to me the many ways in which the Word of God has been transmitted down through the millennia. I’ll not attempt here to give a history of the myriad ways in which God communicates to us His purposes and his plans. Suffice it to say that many have paid dearly to keep the information flowing to us today. In our time of “ultimate” freedom of speech and communication we seem to forget sometimes that the Old Testament has at times been “forgotten” for generations by many so called “chosen ones”, and that many have died to bring the whole canon of scripture to all people even though some such as Jan Hus, and John Wycliffe paid the ultimate price to bring Christ to his rightful place in the lives of all people. I would commend to you the story of Cuban prisoner Armando Valladares who remained faithful to Christ during over 8000 days and nights in prison. He was among many either converted or brought to a deeper faith through the sharing of scripture scrawled on bits of toilet paper and slipped though cracks in the walls or passed surreptitiously from hand to hand.
Today, I peruse my book shelf where reside multiple translations of God’s holy Word and cannot help but be filled with joy. Each day when I open my computer, I search the scriptures in one of the many free websites devoted to the Bible. The Gideons organization passes out New Testament scripture each year in as many places as they are allowed. Soldiers are receiving from volunteer organizations the entire bible on flash drives even in areas where for them to possess a Bible could be hazardous. Wycliffe translators are closing in on the last isolated people groups bringing this precious gift to “the ends of the earth”. Truly we live in remarkable and privileged times.