Finding What You Need

There is a place I go to again and again. In the lowest moments of my life, this sacred place has been a sanctuary and a place of healing for me. When I felt like I couldn’t measure up or questioned my value, this place has often restored my hope and given me reason for being.

When those I love the most have hurt me the deepest or I find myself confused and afraid, I have turned here to find my true north. As I search those beautiful pages of God’s Word for an answer, somehow the Holy Spirit takes what is written there and speaks to me. I can understand this, “for the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

God’s Word not only rectifies my thinking but in its action it binds up what feels broken inside of me. The scriptures have restorative power. The apostle Paul teaches that God’s word is at work in those who believe (I Thessalonians 2:13). The psalmist says it beautifully: The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7).
Do you find this great value in God’s Word as you read it? Or are you wondering if I am describing the same Bible that you have read?
Sometimes we approach the Bible with little practicality or common sense. Dr. Henrietta Mears suggests that we should approach the Bible as it is, a book. Her thoughts: likely we wouldn’t come to a book we intended to read and randomly select a paragraph starting anywhere within the book. Neither would we expect to enjoy it if we only read here a little and there a little; she rightly says no interest could be maintained in any story with that approach. (What the Bible is All About page 20).
If you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, you owe it to yourself to do so. If this seems too hard for you, begin by reading the entire New Testament starting with Matthew’s gospel and ending with the book of Revelation. Devote some time every day to your reading, keep a pencil and some paper handy for surely the Holy Spirit will speak to you. Put what you read into practice because only looking into His Word without obeying it leads to self deception (James 1:22).
You can find what you need within the pages of God’s Word. Here are more verses to help you understand the power that is contained in the scriptures: Joshua 1:8,9; John 8:47; Deuteronomy 8:3; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 7:24; Psalm 119:11; John 15:3; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; John 6:63; Proverbs 30:5; John 1:1; Matthew 4:4. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. I hope you will do a deep dive into God’s Word, the treasure that is found there will carry you friends.