“If you want to get a word from God, get into the Word of God.” Mark Batterson Chase the Lion
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard, “Just open the Bible to any page, start reading, and you’ll find an answer to your problems.”
Lately, for whatever reason, I had been thinking this is hokey. I mean, if I’m looking for comfort, wouldn’t I turn to the pages on comfort?
But, Day 5 of Lesson 19 in BSF changed all of my thinking, gave me peace in my myriad of minor problems, and turned my thinking around.
I was wallowing in self-pity again when I completed Day 5 and wrote this conclusion: “There is no other Rock.” This sums it up for me. If God were my Rock in every situation every day of my life, I’d be a lot happier and much more fulfilled and joyful. Only God can fill me. If I am full of God, then there is no room left for miscellaneous ‘idol’ distractions, mini-crises, or unnecessary drama. God and His blessings would rule. The Devil would have no place to hide.
This was from Isaiah 44, a passage that didn’t seem to have any bearing on my current dilemma or state of mind. But the universal truths of God as my Rock struck me and made me realize He wasn’t my Rock in this situation. He wasn’t my Rock in my mind. In fact, He was dwelling far away.
I sat and meditated on this fact for a while. I have been stressed lately: we’re trying to decide where to move and when and the indecision is getting to me. Hence, minor little things have been blowing up all around me. And I haven’t been turning to God’s word for the answers. I’ve been praying but doing little else.
Until I read Isaiah. Then I realized (again) God was not my center. He is my Rock. And if I’d just slow down for a few minutes and remember that, everything else would fall into place around Him.
I must remember to pray before I flip out. Pray in every situation. Read His word and find comfort as it speaks to me. And all of it (the Bible) speaks to me.
Keep God first. Remember His faithfulness. He will do the rest.