Thy Word have I hid in my heart

She woke up, assailed by an unpleasant burning smell. Groggily, she asked the attending nurse, “What is that odor?” The nurse responded, “That’s you, dear. We had to use the paddles to bring you back.” Her heart had stopped on the operating table. The medical team had used the defibrillator paddles to save her life.

The nurse went about her duties, making my mother more comfortable as she lay in the recovery room. After a few minutes, mom was more alert and full of questions. Another few minutes went by and the nurse said, “I have a question for you. I’m used to hearing all kinds of things in this recovery room as people are emerging from anesthesia, but I can’t remember too many people who woke up quoting Scripture. How do you explain that?”

Still a little woozy, mom was able to tell her about the importance of the Bible in her life. She talked about reading God’s Word every day, teaching Sunday School for years, attending seminary, leading devotionals at home, church, and other places. As a final word, she told the nurse: “I have tried to hide the Word of God in my heart so that it comes easily to my mind and mouth.” The nurse smiled, “Well, it certainly worked.”

As we continue in these six weeks of “40 Days in the Word,” I challenge you; I challenge me to hide the Word of God in our hearts for some significant reasons:

  • It can guard us from sin (Psalm 119:11)
  • It can teach us truth and prepare us for purposeful living (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • It can guide us in making good decisions and taking good steps (Psalm 119:105)
  • It opens the door for blessing in and through our lives (John 15:7,8)

Let’s try something: Memorize one verse each day (you can only use John 11:35 once). Keep an account of the Scripture you have dedicated to memory. Share a verse with a family member or friend. Use that verse to explain to someone who needs to hear a word from God what the verse means to you. There is power in the timeless words of Scripture. Unleash it in your life.

This Sunday we gather at the table of the Lord, one of the most humbling experiences in the Christian life. The Memorial Supper is not just a holy remembrance; it is a foretaste of coming glory. The Lord Himself invites us. How can we not accept?

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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