In his autobiography, Malcolm X, the outspoken Black Civil Rights activist of the 1950s and 60s, spoke of the impact the written word had on his life. While serving a prison sentence for firearms and larceny charges, he became frustrated by his inability to articulately express himself. He borrowed a dictionary from the prison library and began to copy it entry by entry.
“With every succeeding page, I … learned of people and places and events from history. Actually, the dictionary is like a miniature encyclopedia. … Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened up. Let me tell you something: from then until I left that prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading in my bunk. You couldn’t have gotten me out of books with a wedge. Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I had never been so truly free in my life.” – Malcolm X
[Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an outspoken civil rights activist and controversial leader of the Black Muslim movement. He spent many years as a member of the Nation of Islam and was a vocal proponent of “Black Supremacy.” Later he left the “Nation,” became a Sunni Muslim, and disavowed racism. He continued his civil activism until his assassination in 1965.]
If the words of a dictionary, diligently studied and ingested, can bring such liberation to the mind and heart of a wayward soul like Malcolm X, think of the impact the Word of God, diligently studied and ingested, can have on your wayward heart and soul. The Word of God is “living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). Study it. Ingest it. Live it. You, who were once a prisoner of your own sin nature, will find yourself “not even thinking about being imprisoned.” You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free, “And if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed!” (John 8:36).
“These things the words of Scripture are written that you might KNOW that you have ETERNAL LIFE” (1 John 5:13).