For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I recently had a series of testimonies come in where the person shared the season in their life when they saw the most joy, contentment, and obedience to God was when they were making time in God’s Word a priority. Each one shared how they felt the Lord speaking to them and, in return, felt more equipped to handle the battles of this world.
So many people hit the storms of life and wonder how they will survive. It’s when those storms come that we ask –
God, where are You?
Are You real?
Do you see what is happening to me?
Someone once said you are either entering a trial, coming out of a trial, or preparing to begin a trial. This world is not our home. We can’t be shaken when we face struggles. God’s Word is a vital tool when we hit the storms of life. I heard a testimony from a prominent pastor’s wife. Her family went through a great trial. She is still in the midst of that trial and probably will be for years to come. In her testimony, she spoke about being rooted in God. Because of the time she spent with Him each day in His Word, He was talking to her, even before their storm was made public. When you are rooted in Christ, you are prepared to handle the storms that will come.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Time alone with God is not just about checking something off a to-do list. It is about making God a priority. It is about taking time to sit and listen to Him.
My friend and I were talking about a book we were studying on idols. I want to think I don’t have any idols in my life, but I do. We were talking about how the things we pray about can even show some of those idols. As I thought about my prayer journal, I realized how my prayers could be selfish. I want the pain of a trial to stop. I want something to improve in my life. I want to be done with the testing. What does my Savior want from me? Instead of focusing on my wants, I can focus on what He wants from me when I spend time in His Word. He wants me to love my enemies….and pray for them (gulp!). He wants me to die to His will even when that seems to be way off the map of what I want.
When I spend time in His Word, I am more likely to be in tune with God’s will, God’s desire for me, and His promises!
Take time to find what works best in your life. Does it work best to do your devotions in the morning? Are you more attentive at night? Maybe doing your Bible study during your lunch break works best.
The storms of life are going to come. That is something you can count on. We live in a sin-cursed world (Genesis 3:17-19). Your marriage is going to hit a rough patch (1 Corinthians 7:28 tells us that). As a child of God, we know that there is more to come. The best is yet to come. We are promised an eternity with our Creator. When those storms come your way, make sure you are ready. Spend time with the Lord each day. Use God’s Word as the tool it is, and let Him direct you through each day.