“I want people to fill their minds with passages of Scripture
while they are well and strong,
that they may have sure help in the day of need.
I want them to be diligent in studying their Bibles,
and becoming familiar with their contents,
in order that the grand old Book may stand by them
and talk with them when all earthly friends fail.
From the bottom of my heart,
I pity that person who never reads their Bible.
I wonder how they expect to draw their consolation in their time of need.”
~ J.C. Ryle
There is a moment in every life when we must come face-to-face with the reality that at times we will be alone. All alone, even if we have been blessed with a loving spouse, gentle and forgiving children, and gracious friends and extended family. There are places that even the most devoted spouse, child, or friend cannot go with us. The book of Psalms tells us that this is a universal experience:
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” Psalm 23
We know in our hearts and minds that God alone will be our comforter, our constant companion, our eternal Father . . . . and yet, so often we get caught up in the day-to-day “busyness” of our earthly existence, and we don’t take the time to walk with Him now. The reality is, however, that when we do take the time to read His Word, learn His ways, meditate on His promises, we have such an amazing resource available to us in times of great crisis. We can never know when those moments may come along in our lives, so we need to take THIS moment to draw close to Him, and He will give us the strength to walk through any shadow-filled valley that we encounter in this life.
Our knowledge, or lack of knowledge, of God’s Word does not change Who He is. Our lack of faith does not determine His presence in our lives. Our carelessness in drawing close to Him does not alter or negate His promises. But, our limited understanding does prevent us from experiencing the full depth of His gift to us. He is here, His Word is true, His promises can carry us through the darkest night of our soul . . . . but we must know Him, we must hide His Word in our heart, and we must learn all we can about His love for us so that we will experience His gifts of grace and comfort in our time of need. Yes, today is the day to discover the joy and the blessing of His Word. I hope you will take time yet today to experience it for yourself!
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