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Last night, as I sat zombie-like in front of my TV screen watching this year’s first batch of D1 college football, my four-year old daughter was at the kitchen table quoting some bible knowledge!
My wife, mother and two-year old daughter were at the table with her talking about various things.
My four-year old decides she will drop a few scripture quotations on the ladies sitting idly at the table. When a say a few quotations I really mean one, since she kept repeating the same one over and over. As to which one she was quoting, well, no one really knows!
Here is what she said, several times over:
In God 17:17 it says, “The word is the truth!” In God 17:17 it says, “The word is the truth!” In God 17:17 it says, “The word is the truth!” In God 17:17 it says, “The word is the truth!”
I am not sure how many times she repeated herself, but it had to be twenty or more times.
Now where exactly one finds the book titled God in the bible, I am not altogether sure! Perhaps it is somewhere after Hezekiah and just before Joseph!
But, wherever it is, apparently it has at least seventeen chapters in it!
She did not go on to expound on this profound verse . . . I know it has to be profound, because she repeated it so many times!
She threw no exegetical nuggets our way. No application. No practical life situations. Nothing. Only, the repetition of God 17:17 over and over and over again.
I suppose she thought the verse was adequate to speak for itself!
Why add to perfection?!
It reminds me of the Wednesday evening, when after bible study, I asked her what her teachers had taught her that evening. She replied, God. I said, Well, that’s good. But, what did they teach you about God?
To this she matter-of-factly answered, with a shrug of her shoulders, Everything!
I thought, Well, that makes my job as a father much easier!
So, I guess the moral to this story is this: if you ever find yourself in a cloud of doubt or feel the sting of temptation knocking at your door, just throw out a healthy dosage of God 17:17 against your adversary and proclaim with confidence and gusto (and several times in a row!), The word is the truth!