Dr. Linus Pauling was a brilliant scientist and researcher who, along with Madame Marie Curie, is one of only two people who have been awarded the Nobel prize in two separate categories. In 1970, Dr. Pauling wrote his controversial, albeit popular book, VItamin C and the Common Cold. This book was followed by another, How to Live Longer and Feel Better. In both books, Dr. Pauling advocated high doses of vitamin C to combat viral infections, that cause the majority of colds, and cancer. The medical community has always been sharply divided on the science and merit of taking high doses of vitamin C, claiming the studies that initially touted the efficacy of vitamin C were murky at best. Nonetheless, Dr. Pauling was able to get the popular press on his side and there are now many over the counter cold remedies, replete with high concentrations of the vitamin. Whether this is good science or a placebo effect at work, vitamin C has integrated into our mainstream health consciousness.
I prefer the term supersaturation as a means to explain what Dr. Pauling was trying to achieve. Vitamin C, Dr. Pauling averred, had to be taken in a sufficiently high dosage to supersaturate the cell, correcting any deficiencies that were introduced by a virus or cancer causing agent.
What if we applied this principle to God’s Word? What if we completely immersed ourselves in it, supersaturating over very being with it? What if every where we turn in our home, our workplace, our leisure time, the Word of God was posted in front of us? The Holy Spirit directs us to do just that!
Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ quoted God’s Word during His times of greatest trials. Like Jesus, we need to be so dependent upon God’s Word that it comes to our minds and lips during every situation and trial we face, to strengthen and reassure us. And we need to quote it accurately and completely.
When I lived in Denver, Colorado, the pastor of my church was an avid student of the Bible. I recall a sermon when he held up his Bible and stated, “I have worn out at least one Bible a year!” At first I thought he was exaggerating but as I got to know him, I saw the discipline and enthusiasm with which he studied and devoured the Word of God. He truly did wear out more than one Bible a year! He loved God’s Word and was so eager to share it and teach others of God’s love, grace and mercy.
Let’s supersaturate ourselves with God’s Word. Unlike vitamin C, no randomized blinded studies are needed to prove the truth of God’s Word! We will see and reap the immediate benefits in our lives as we live out the commandments of God.