When life overwhelms us or becomes difficult, perhaps even causing us to feel hopeless, we wonder where we can turn. Where will we find the help we need to get through the crisis of the moment?
When I was in the early phases of stroke recovery, I wasn’t always sure if I would actually get back to complete health. I didn’t know if my new normal would last for the rest of my life or if things would improve. During those times, I talked with doctors and care givers, and of course, my wife and my family. I kept looking for some place that I could find the answers to what might be ahead, or at least why I had a stroke at my age. I definitely felt like I had more questions than answers. If you’ve ever been there, or if you feel that way now, I would suggest to you that there is still a place to turn. There is still a place where you can seek comfort, companionship, and understanding. That place is in God’s Word.
Now you may be thinking, “Oh, I’ve tried that before and I didn’t get much out of it.” Or maybe you imagine that you’re just not that kind of person. You’ve never done much Bible reading. No matter what previous experience you may have, I encourage you to try it again. I encourage you to read the Psalms for comfort, or read the Gospels to see how Jesus can offer hope.
One of the things I’ve learned is that the more time I’m willing to spend with God in His Word, the more I hear His voice and understand His direction. I know that when I feel like I’ve run out of options, that I have one more place that I can turn. I turn to the Holy Bible. Let’s turn to it, read it, and study it. The more we do, the better our days will be. God bless you as you draw near to Him.
But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.
James 1:25, NCV