Give Me the Old BOOK!
The Precious King James Bible
by David J. Stewart
When I was growing up, I remember my mother often sleeping with her Bible held in her arms. I didn't think much about it at the time, but now I look back and cherish those memories.
I saw my mom's faith while she was dying in the hospital in 2001. Even after having both legs amputated, a heart attack, kidney failure and pneumonia, she still held on to God's Word. She said, "I've got the best Doctor there is." I replied, "I know the doctors here at St. Joseph's hospital are very good." She again said, "I've got the best doctor there is... the Great Physician!" It took me a moment to realize that she was speaking of the wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. I sure miss my mother, but I praise the Lord that her many pains and sufferings finally ended on August 19th, 2001. She's now in Heaven with the Great Physician.
I now understand why my mother clenched her Bible in her arms night-after-night. I find myself in this cold-hearted and wicked world, increasingly reaching out to God's Word as my mother did. She may not have known what the words "apologetics" or "eschatology" meant, but she loved the Lord and His Word. She loved the Bible!
I shudder to think what my life would be like today if it weren't for the Word of God. I suffer from herniated disks in my neck, which afflict me day-and-night with excruciating pain and tension in my neck.
After two failed surgeries on my neck, both of my arms feel like airbags. I have shooting pain in both arms and legs throughout the day. My neck hurts with agonizing pain continually. I take prescription pain medications, which do help, but only so much. The only way I can face each day is by holding dearly onto the same precious King James Bible that my mother held onto. I thank God that I don't drink alcohol, because I know I'd be an alcoholic. It sounds great to think that I could drink my troubles away; but I know from watching others that booze causes many more troubles than it solves. God's Word is the answer. Jesus promised in John 14:18 that He would come to us to comfort us. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us to BE OF GOOD CHEER, because He has overcome the world.
Just give me the old trustworthy Book, God's Word, the precious King James Bible!