“Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God” (2 Sam. 16:23). Wouldn’t it be amazing to have someone in your world who would be this full of God’s truth? No wonder that this man was esteemed highly both by King David and his son Absalom.
This verse makes me think about a comment the great preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) once made about John Bunyan (1628-1688), English preacher and author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”. He said: “This man is a living Bible! Prick him anywhere; his blood is Bibline. The very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God.”
Bunyan’s life was permeated with God’s truth. But make no mistake, this didn’t come by itself. It was the result of daily reading, memorizing and meditating on God’s Word. And it didn’t come without a price either. Bunyan’s life was shaped on the anvil of suffering because He obeyed God’s Word. There is no reason to think it will be any different for us.
If people prick us, what flows out? Movies? Sports? Our job? Our (grand)children? O, may we too become saturated with the Bible in every nook and cranny of our being.