Laying Up God’s Word In Our Hearts
By Lois J. Stucky
Please reread the significant second sentence in the above account of Pastor Blumhardt as repeated here: "From his father he imbibed in boyhood a keen relish for Scripture study." What a valuable, enduring heritage for a father to leave to his son! The Word penetrating Blumhardt’s youthful heart and thoughts provided excellent guiding principles for almost his full lifetime. His study of the Scriptures from boyhood no doubt contributed to the important fact that though he studied at a university that largely discredited evangelical truth, he came through with his evangelical faith untainted.
The account of Pastor Blumhardt also speaks of his strong faith which "took absolute hold on the promises of the Word." Being full of the Word of God and believing it implicitly provided the solid foundation God could use to make Blumhardt’s preaching of great profit to the crowds drawn to hear him preach. His courageous faith in standing and acting upon the Word made way for God’s power to be displayed widely. During that night of intense prayer battle against Satan’s hold on the young lady in his congregation, Blumhardt’s faith, quickened by his fasting, and his determined stand on the promises of God, and his persistence throughout the night – culminated in the shout of deliverance, "Jesus is victor!" God was glorified throughout a community and a nation and beyond as a result.
Following Blumhardt through life, it is apparent that he had gained from his diligent study of God’s Word more than a head full of knowledge. His heart partook of the spirit of the loving heavenly Father and the tenderhearted, caring Son and Savior as revealed in the Word. Blumhardt took time like Jesus with whomever came to him for help, whether that one was nobility or a commoner or even a disreputable person. As a true servant of Christ, he unselfishly disregarded the inconvenience it might cost him to minister day or night. People could sense his heartfelt concern for them in their need by his kindly touch on their head as he prayed for them. The attention he showed to children attested to his humility. The love of the Lord in his heart for souls around the world led to his wide support of missionary work. Like Jesus, his primary aim was to call "sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:32). But God was pleased also to grant healings among those people in need who gathered for prayer, and Blumhardt’s compassionate heart rejoiced when needs were met.
Through His Word and by prayer and by His Spirit, God was working more and more of the image of Christ into Blumhardt. "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:18). The Holy Spirit and the Word of God and the seeking of God’s face can do the same for those of us who long to bear more of the image of our dear Lord and Master.
Will you please join us in prayer that this issue of Herald of His Coming will inspire readers to eagerly make time, sacrifice time if necessary, to immerse ourselves in reading and studying and meditating on God’s Word? The ultimate purpose is that we live more holy and fruitful lives, bearing more fully the image of Christ and being well pleasing in the sight of God.