I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees. (Ps. 119:48)
Solomon did not have much formal education. Because of this, he was not able to read. After he became a Christian in his midfifties, he heard me teach about the importance of reading God’s Word.
He approached me and shyly shared, “I know I should be reading the Bible, but I cannot read.” Being a new missionary on the field, I did not know how to advise Solomon. I had not previously interacted with someone who could not read. My silence indicated I did not have an answer for him. Solomon then suggested, “Let me pray about this. God will give me a solution.”
Weeks later, while I was visiting the village where Solomon lived, I saw him sitting on a small wooden stool. He was listening to his grandson, who was reading the Bible to him. It blessed my heart to hear his grandson reading the Bible to Solomon. At different points I heard Solomon say, “Repeat that part again.”
What I discovered was that Solomon was memorizing what was being read to him so he could later share God’s Word with other people. He said, “You told us that the Bible is a love letter from God. I am having my grandson read it to me, because it encourages me to know how much I am loved; and it causes me to love God that much more!
Take time each day to read and meditate on God’s Word.
Jim “Umfundisi” Lo is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books published by Wesleyan Publishing House.
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