Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oriented by the Scriptures

There are times when, in the darkest moments of your life, the only comfort you can find is a word from God.  When Jesus was abandoned by His closest friends and even betrayed, He found comfort in the Scriptures.  God’s Word kept everything in perspective for the Savior, holding Him steadfast in the knowledge that everything He was experiencing was according to the Father’s plan.  Jesus was able to move forward, in spite of His fears, because the Scriptures assured Him that the Father was in control.

The Word of God will guide you in the same way.  There will be times when events around you will confuse you.  Those in whom you’ve placed your trust will fail you.  Others will abandon you.  You will be misunderstood and criticized.  In these times of distress, when your devotion and obedience are put to the test, you must let the Scriptures guide and comfort you.  Never let the faithlessness (or the lack of faith) of others determine what you do.  Turn to the Scriptures and allow them to reorient you to God and His activity.

Even as a young man in my early twenties I learned the value of being well acquainted with the Scriptures.  Now in my fifties, it has been my constant companion for most all my life.  Through every trial and hardship I have ever faced, God’s Word has always been a bedrock of hope for me.  Without it, I am certain I would have ended up in a straight jacket.

If you will immerse yourself in the Word of God you will not be caught off guard when crises come.  Your focus will already be on God, and He will safely guide you through your difficult moments.

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