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The LORD said, “My word . . . that goeth forth out of my mouth . . . shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.”
- Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
My friend Robin was discouraged. Only 13 children had attended our church’s annual vacation Bible school. “We put all this money into it,” she said. “I recruited people to help. I took the week off from work, and only 13 kids came.”
I told her about my first vacation Bible school. It was hosted by a small church, and only a handful of neighborhood children attended. I was one of them. “That’s where I received my first Bible,” I told her. “I also memorized my first Bible verse, and sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ for the first time. Thirteen years later, when a friend shared the gospel with me and quoted John 3:16, I already knew the verse because I had memorized it so many years before.”
I didn’t make a decision to follow Christ the summer I attended vacation Bible school. The kind people at that church never knew I came to faith 13 years later, but God used the verse they helped me memorize to open my heart. I’ve served God faithfully for over 30 years. Even if we can’t see it at the time, we can trust that God’s word always accomplishes God’s purpose.
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