We spend a good bit of our lives worrying how we will endure the storms of life. The reality is that there is no way of knowing until you are in the storm. The further reality is that if we have not made proper preparation before the storm, we will sink in disaster when it finally does come. God has placed me many times in places when I was offering comfort to others in distress. There have been many times when I was encouraging people to hold on to Bible truths in the midst of extremely difficult situations. I have told many others to trust God … while wondering in my own mind if I would be able to do that if the roles were reversed and I was in their place.
The writer of the longest chapter in our Bible made this statement: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes” (Psalm 119:71). May I join him in this same testimony? I echo this same truth in my own life. When in the early days of our ministry I would give the advice I mentioned above, as life marched on, I had the opportunity to put into practice what I had advised others to do. I can tell you with a whole heart that when the most difficult times of life come upon you, God’s Word is a strong anchor! When troubles hit you, one after the other, like huge waves that you think will swallow you alive, turn to the Word of God. It will not move, it will not waver, and it will not leave you without a firm foundation!
I can honestly say that I thank God for those difficult times in my life. I remember vividly running to the Word of God … not walking … not being forced by some feeling of obligation to read it … not being coerced by some spiritual leader of mine … running to it with all my hope resting in it! It was during these times in the Word of God that God spoke so tenderly and directly to the challenges I was facing. I will never forget those intimate times between God and me. I would not trade them for the world. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes!” Sometimes there is no way to learn with depth, the truths of the Word of God. When you are in a storm in life, you need an anchor that will not shift with your emotions, or even the opinions of others. God’s Word is the sweetest book that you could ever hold. Love it, read it, obey it. You will never regret the time you have spent in it. It will change your life!
“… everything you need – everything pertaining to wisdom and love and success and happiness and life everlasting – lies between the covers of God’s Word.” – Ron Mehl