Shofar - His written WORD

Written by Dango

I have always believed, I still do, that the Word of God, the Bible; should be central in a Jesus follower’s life.  I am not talking about having a bible or several bibles but to make it part of your life.  We should study the Word of God and read it constantly.  We always say that the Will of our heavenly Father for our life is in the Word.  You see, another way of making the statement relevant is, if you do not know the Word of our Father well then how sure are you that you are operating and living your life in the Will of our Father?

Recently I gave the latest Farsi translation Bible (Old and New Testament) to a lady in Persia.  I still vividly remember the expression on her face and the way she reacted when she realised what I have handed to her in her house.  I cannot express “that twenty seconds” in words.  She took the “book”, placed it on her heart and started to walk around in her small sitting room with tears running down her face.  She was in a completed state of “thankfulness and gracefulness” towards the Lord Jesus without saying a word.  It was one of those moments that seems like an eternity, but it was only twenty seconds.

One of my “biggest” mistakes I made smuggling books to the underground church was not giving a “book” to someone even though I had one on my backpack.  At one point I had to confess my disobedience and repent to the Lord Jesus.

Many moons ago I arrived in my beloved country safely with “books”.  Arriving in the capital city, I received a phone call from one of my friends that worked for the government.  She was not a Jesus follower, but we were good friends.  She told me that a colleague of her have questions about my faith and asked if I would be willing to meet him.  I felt a bit uncomfortable as I still had to deliver the books, I had with me in the South.  You see one must be very careful not to give a “book” to the wrong person as it is illegal.  Naturally I said ’no’ and left the capital city with the “books”.  Returning to the capital city after two weeks my one friend asked me for a “book” that is in his native language.  At that point of time, I had none and regretfully told him so.  After a couple of days, I was convicted to phone my friend and informed her that we can meet with her colleague if she was willing to be the translator.

I took the bus to meet in a pre-arranged park in the city close to their office and I arrive about one hour too early.  I had time to kill and started to walk around in a very up-market shopping centre opposite the park.  I saw a small bookshop that was selling Islam literature and naturally also Korans.  I was amazed at the different types of Korans.  Some of them were beautifully decorated and very expensive.  At one point I was at the opposite side of the assistant in the shop which was next to the entrance of the shop.  I was looking at a beautiful Koran and looked up to find that I was locking eyes with the lady sitting at the register.  Understand one thing, a big no-no is to look Persian ladies in the eyes as it is culturally not frowned upon and for other obviously reasons.  For some reason unknown I knew she was “different”, and I started to walk towards her.  I greeted her in the customary formal way in her language.

She replied back with a formal greeting and then I asked her very softly in her language: “M’am, do you perhaps have one Bible for me to buy?”  She gave me a very pleasant smile and walked to the cupboard where the biggest and most expensive Korans were.  She reached with her arm behind these huge Korans and took out a Farsi Bible.  I was in a state of amusement and disbelief.  I smiled at her and asked again very softly: “M’am, do you perhaps have two bibles for me?”  Without saying a word, she walked to a different cupboard and again reached behind the Korans and took another one out.  I was so grateful, I had two “books”.  One to give to my friend that asked me a couple of days before and one to give to the person I was going to meet within the next half hour.  I paid for the two books and met my friend with her colleague who was a very pleasant man.  We sat down and had a very long discussion about my faith as he had many questions and was very interested in the Gospel.

We said our goodbyes and I was about to give him a “book”, but for some reason I did not as we were in the public.  Later, I told my friend about this, and she then asked if she could have the “book” for herself?  I obliged her.

2 Timothy 3 verse 16 to 17: All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
 
Studying the written WORD of the Father and making it part of you daily routine will change the way you think and do “things” in life.  It will change your heart, shape your character, and give you Godly peace as you start moving your life to the centre of the Will of your heavenly Father for your life.

Sometimes it is difficult for me to understand that “believers” hear voices, prophesy, and use single line scriptures out of context to “guide” fellow believers or “try to duplicate” what is already written in the WORD of God.

I do believe that one of our Heavenly Fathers greatest desires is to guide and speak to his children through His written WORD.

Shalom and Grace
Dango