Just before my sister and my brother-in-law had to fly back home to Germany, after a wonderful visit with us, my husband and I took them to the Billy Graham library in Charlotte, NC. Not long after we had entered the building my sister Lydia turned to me and said, “I can feel the power and authority of the Word of God in this place.”
Later, as we went through the different exhibit rooms I stood in front of a screen that played a video of Billy Graham speaking. He was reminiscing about the time of his calling to preach. He told of a time where he wrestled with God and he made an important decision. He said he put the Bible on a tree stump and told God that he was now receiving the Bible as the Word of God that God had said it is. I just wonder how many of us have ever made that kind of decision – one that ends all arguments and puts all doubts to death, once and for all.
We only need to remember the millions of souls that have come streaming to the altars after Billy Graham preached a sermon in which he said many times, over and over, “The Bible says…” I’ve never had the privilege to attend a live crusade but watched in on TV many times over the years. It’s obvious to see that God backed him up. When his servant spoke the Word, God moved upon the hearts of countless men, women and children to respond to the Word.
We live in a day and age where many enemy forces try to shake and rattle the validity of God’s word. The enemy of our souls still tries to poison our minds with this question, “Has God said?”
I’ve been to the Billy Graham library at least three times now – I love to take my company there – and each time something different stands out to me. This time it was this statement that Billy Graham made about receiving the Word of God for what it says it is.
The Word is unshakable and it stands forever. We are shaken when we stop believing that it, indeed, is the Word of God. But we can make a decision to accept it and to make a new commitment to God’s Word. I’m not talking about making some kind of new resolution to read the Bible more or to sign up for a better Bible reading plan. I’m talking about making a decision in our hearts to stop the arguments, silence the doubts and shut the door to the faith undermining questions.
I encourage you, dear reader, today, to renew you commitment to God’s Word. Make that decision in your heart and let the Holy Spirit work it out in your life.