“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Sermons from Invisible Multitudes
(Please read Hebrews 11:4)
Influence is immortal. In almost countless ways our lives are affected by people who lived in the past. Most of us, probably, either live or work or worship or study in buildings which were built partially or entirely by people who are no longer here. Our nation itself, with its distinctive form of government, was established long before we were born, and we continue to reap the benefits of the wisdom of the founding fathers.
So it is not a startling concept that Noah is still “a preacher of righteousness,” that Moses still lives in the laws of every civilized country on earth, that David still sings his soul-lifting songs, that the prophets still express the thoughts of God. Paul, who in his lifetime preached in many places, now preaches all over the world – simultaneously and continually. These great men, and a host of others, live on in the Good Book, and their influence will continue as long as the world stands – and beyond. When we read about them or think about them and things they did and said, they are speaking to us.
The best way to “turn on” those sermons from great men and women of the Bible is to read it, but just meditating on their teaching also allows them to speak to us – along with many other later folks who have influenced us for good.
Be sure and “tune in” to their great teaching today, even when other concerns require most of your attention. You’ll be glad you did.