It actually took just a few seconds for that to sink into my brain... for me to realize the full impact of what he was saying. Sometimes I forget that what we as Christians in America often take for granted...reading our Bibles...is forbidden in many countries around the world. And what Benny said is so true! There are many people each day who risk their lives...sometimes lose their lives...by either having or trying to get a copy of God's Word.
One such place that I have recently read about is North Korea. Bibles are strictly forbidden there. The Voice of the Martyrs organization has come up with the idea of writing scriptures on sturdy, bright orange balloons and floating them into North Korea for people to find. I read the story of one family who found a balloon like this. (taken from VOM Persecution Blog)
“Grandma, look at what I found!” The young North Korean girl was so excited. She was holding something she had never seen before. The grandmother looked at it with her failing eyes but could not make out the details. So she called the girl’s mother. “Please come tell me what this child has found.”
The elderly woman’s daughter entered the room and took the item from her mother’s wrinkled hand. Her daughter began to reads the words printed on the well-constructed plastic balloon. “The Lord Jesus loves you. Your brothers and sisters have not forgotten you. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.”
The grandmother exclaimed, “It’s Scripture! They’ve sent us Bible verses on a balloon! Please keep reading.”The plastic balloon held words of encouragement for the three generations of North Koreans. It contained a message from Christians in the West and over six hundred Bible verses taking the reader from the the cross, to the second coming of Jesus Christ. In the last decade, over one hundred thousand of these “Scripture balloons” have been floated into North Korea.
How very precious is this book containing God's Words to mankind! These stories about persecuted nations remind me that I should read my Bible as often as possible and be aware that this is indeed a precious gift and not a guaranteed right or privilege of people everywhere!
In a campmeeting in 1998 I heard a preacher quote a poem about the Bible which I had never heard before. After the service I found him in the crowd and asked him if he would write the poem down for me. He did and I wrote it in the front of my Bible. Here is one verse of the poem which is titled "The Precious Book".
Though the cover is worn
And the pages are torn
And places bear traces of tears,
Yet more precious than gold
Is the Book worn and old,
That can shatter and scatter my fears.
(Written by: Bernice Peyman)
I would like to leave you with a thought from one of my favorite preachers, Dr. Adrian Rogers:
"These hath God marriedand no man shall part, dust on the Bible and drought in the heart. "
In these days we certainly can't afford to have a drought in our heart can we? I know I don't want that. So when you pick up your Bible today, remember what a precious Book you hold. And the truth of what my husband said about my handwritten copy of the book of James..."There are people who would give their lives to have that!"
God bless you!