The Lifeline of God's Word
Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13
"And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers."
Why is the Bible unlike any book ever written? How is it the "Word of God"? How does it comfort you in times of trouble?
Charles Stanley once said, "The most valuable item you can own in the time of trouble is a Bible." I've found mine indispensable. The Word of God was alive and powerful as I learned not to keep my attention riveted on a constant rehearsal of what's happening in the world or all the whys, for that would make me easy prey for Satan--but on the truth. Day by day with my "Peace Packet," as my collection of Bible verses in a small ziplock bag came to be known, I focused on Christ and His promises.
Verses such as "I am with you and will rescue you" (Jeremiah 1:8 NIV) and "Jehovah himself is caring for you!" (Psalm 121:5 TLB) dispelled fear. Psalm 112:6-9 became a passage that strengthened my faith: "For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries, He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor" (ESV).
Every time we open our Bibles, we encounter the Living Word, verses that are God-breathed truths meant to break us free from worry, from fear, and anything else that would hold us in bondage (John 8:32). His truth brings us out of old patterns of worried, anxious thinking and helps us fight the good fight. We certainly can't fight these powerful emotions in our own strength, wish them away, or hope they will go away if we think positive thoughts.
Lord, thank You for Your Living Word. Help me to meditate on Scripture. Help me to hear Your voice and obey Your guidance. Amen.