Romanian evangelical pastor Richard Wurmbrand was severely persecuted in communist Romania for his faith. He spent 14 years in prison, and three of those years were spent being tortured in solitary confinement and sensory deprivation. He longed after fellowship with the Body of Christ, and he hungered for the Word of God, to which unlike us, he did not have access. After years of not seeing the sun, stars, flowers, trees, women, children and the things we are blessed with through common grace… at his lowest moment… God spoke to him. See his story below, the amazing part starts in the third minute at 3:20
Perhaps the most valuable thing I have learned from reading about persecuted brethren like Richard Wurmbrand and Silvia Tarniceriu, is how much we will miss Scripture when we no longer have access to it, how incredibly important it is to saturate our hearts and minds with God’s Word while we can
That’s right Matt. And when you think about how much access we have today to the Word of God in paper and electronic form! Not only the Bible, but also the writings of great men of God across the centuries, most of which are available for free online. We just have to make time to read and study.
To whom much is given, much is required.