The word of God is powerful. It is convicting, encouraging, comforting, and alive. God’s word can meet us where we are in any moment to provide exactly what we need. If we will only come to Him through His word.
Last week, I shared the above image (minus the verse which I added later), on my facebook page and asked the community to share one word that comes to mind. The responses were so inspiring and fun to read!
This image kept coming back to me throughout the week.
I can just see an elderly women with this well-worn Bible in her hands.
It is well-worn because she has turned to God’s word in many times of need, and it has carried her through many trials. Times of grief and sorrow, fear and uncertainty. Death, despair, financial problems. Regardless of what you are going through…there is a verse for it.
I have been visiting a new church over the past few weeks where the pastor has been talking about trials and hardships and how we need those times, for so many reasons. But we can only get the full benefit from them as we draw nearer to Him. I am not saying that we should only turn to God and His word in times of hardship. Absolutely not.
We should be in His word daily, for so many different reasons. But, what I am saying is that when those times of sorrow and despair come, His word is there to sustain us. God should be the very first place we turn to in such times–through prayer and reading His word.
When I saw this image, my word was “peace.”
Peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:6-7). I love the verse, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.” (Isaiah 26:3). It is so true. If our mind is kept on Him, focused on Him…we can’t have anything else but peace.
Paul calls us to set our minds on things above, and not on earthly things. That is the only guaranteed way to have peace in this life. Because the trials of this world are so small compared to the greatness and glory of God. When we focus on Him and His glory, and trust in His sovereignty, and know that we are held firmly in the palm of His hands, no matter what hardships and trials come our way…then we are kept in His perfect peace.
Because no matter the trial, He is there. He is still on His throne, and “it is well with my soul.”
When all else fails, He never will. And we can rest in that.