I couldn’t sleep so I figgered why not do a blog? So here goes…
When JoJo and I got married we had one of those 15 pound white leather-bound coffee table Bibles with the gold leaf edging sitting proudly on our coffee table in the living room. Remember those? If it fell on you it would have broken your foot! Can I get a witness? There were locks of hair in there, baby pictures, obituaries, wedding programs and a couple of those royal blue book marks with the gold lettered list of the 10 commandments that we got in vacation Bible school. You have one of those right? Unfortunately that Bible didn’t do us ANY good, because a closed book will never help you. Kind of like a loaded 30-06 in the gun cabinet building up rust which will never stop a thief, slay a dragon or put meat on the table.
My pastor was preaching on marriage last Sunday and he said something that hit home. He said that the 5 year point in most marriages is the critical time period. Get past the 5 year mark and you very well could make it! Well, JoJo and me were just over the 5 year mark in 1975, and there were unhealthy stress marks showing in our marriage. The fact that neither of us had fathers in the home from practically little on up didn’t help. Mine was pretty much absent, hers was killed in a plane crash when she was just two years old. So we didn’t have much of a model to follow when it came to a functional traditional family. But God knew that, especially since He said He would be the Father to the fatherless. So He cared for us in ways we didn’t know and when we hit the 5 year mark in 1975, He sent a messenger who opened up his Bible and showed us the way to eternal life. You can read about that in detail in my blog “Bud’s Decision and Destiny. (link below)
So once we both had trusted Jesus as our Savior, God gave us a new-found passion and thirst for, guess what, the BIBLE! I got me one of those Schofield Study Bibles in the King James Version and I wore that sucker out! As they say, a Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t! I read that Bible, I studied that Bible, I marked up that Bible, I preached from that Bible and I put important information right inside the front cover like “Brian Wolfe born Oct 20, 1951, Born Again May 2, 1975. There’s nothing like having a place to go when Satan tempts you about whether you’re saved or not. Many a time I had to take him right inside the front cover of my Bible and say, “See that? There’s the evidence! Now scram!”
I also have the dates in there when our 3 sons trusted Jesus as well, Eric on April 26,1977 at a Theron Spurr Crusade, Daniel on March 10, 1979 at a Word of Life Basketball Marathon and Jason on January 18, 1981 kneeling with me one night at prayer time beside his bed. Now those are the kinds of things to put in your Bible!
I found a verse in the Bible this morning that really struck home with me, especially since lately I’ve entered into this world of writing for God’s glory. It’s Psalm 45:1 (NKJV) “My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God the B-I-B-L-E!
Next time I’ll share some amazing things about the Bible that you can use!