I love the Bible! There is no situation or problem His Word cannot address. When I am stressed, worried, sad, or angry the Lord Himself will whisper a few scripture words into my ear; I run and find it, and when I do, it is like water to my soul. I know it is the Holy Spirit, the promised comforter because it is the exact answer I need and I feel hope restored. That’s why I love the Bible.
I wouldn’t have this precious resource if I had not read my Bible and listened to radio preachers. You wonder why God couldn’t still whisper to me? He can, I just won’t recognize it as scripture, and, as such, will not make the awesome connection that the Word is alive and powerful and able to comfort as it does. That’s why I love the Bible.
The snatches I hear – “because he loves me says the Lord…” – stir my memory, telling me it is a scripture, then I can then go and find it, in all its amazing fullness and marvel at the comfort it brings. That’s why I love the Bible. Many years ago I found myself working for a tyrant, but grateful for the job because I knew it was God’s provision, and I needed it. So while I longed to be freed from this tyranny, at the same time it could not come at the expense of being unemployed.
During this time I began to be fearful that there was some sort of plot afoot to replace me. I wasn’t just a little nervous; I was flat out scared. Sometimes God whispers in your ear, and sometimes He teaches you through His Word. That’s why I love the Bible.
I had read the New International Version (my first ever reading through the Bible) and was working through the New Living Translation. In the book of Isaiah I found it, waiting like a jewel, hidden from sight until the need for it grew so great, it was finally revealed in all its glory – alive and active.
Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. Isaiah 8:12-13 (NLT)
And all was well with my soul. That’s why I love the Bible.
The Word is indeed alive and active, able to guide and comfort, refresh and restore, and always right on time. That’s why I love the Bible. Lest you be tempted to suggest this was mere coincidence, let me tell you that is not the case. Flash forward a few years to the job the Lord provided as my escape from the tyrant. It pays my bills and it is much better than my previous situation, but still a challenge some days.
Several years into this job, a new girl was brought on board to work with me in the office. Although I was told that she was needed to manage the workload (which she was) and that she was not my replacement, I began to find out a few months later, that she was indeed hired to examine all my work with a microscope and see if I was stealing money (the boss thinks everyone is stealing).
The story winds through many twists and turns, but suffice it to say that when she evaluated my work and moral efforts, she approached the boss and told him he would be foolish to get rid of me, due to my hard work and years of knowledge as a member of the team. About the same time, she began to call me at home and clue me in on what was going on and to let me know that she had refused to be a part of any attempt to make me resign. I was interested, but not afraid. Why, you may ask? Because our God had already whispered in my ear. That’s why I love the Bible.
Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. Isaiah 8:12-13
This was not all the scriptures the Lord directed me to, ones I now carry in my pocket, wishing I had a phylactery, but time and space do not lend itself to repeating all here, but suffice it to say they are all powerful. The Lord has promised to never leave, nor forsake us, and to always be with us. He can be trusted always, and it is through His Word that He teaches us. That’s why I love the Bible.
Lord, help us to see You in our daily lives, providing for us all we need. Let us not be fearful in the face of adversity, knowing that You are already there. You will never leave nor forsake in time of trouble or in times of plenty. Remind us daily what we need to know. In the mighty, precious name of Jesus. Amen.