“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (Psalms 119:165)
Over the years my favorite verse of Scripture has changed. For this point in my life, Romans 8:28 has become my favorite.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
As I have faced a whole new onslaught of troubles and trials in my life, I have looked back and reminded myself that God always worked out EVERY SINGLE trial and trouble I have been through before, so He will work the next one for good as well.
It is because of Scripture that I have peace. It is because of Scripture that I have the ability to not be offended or “stumble”. This makes me love the Word all the more.
Recently I was preparing to go canoeing in a lake in New Hampshire. Mark and I carried the canoe from the shore into the water and Mark entered first while I stood at the edge of the lake. I saw some movement in my peripheral vision and lo and behold there was a snake slithering right by my feet in the water. I didn’t jump or scream (believe it or not). I simply said, “Snake!”. Mark and I watched it as it swam over to the dock and hid itself under the floating walkway. We laughed and headed out on our little jaunt for the day.
Do you know why I didn’t holler or throw my paddle and run away screaming? Because I had taken the time to read about wildlife in New Hampshire. I had looked up snakes and knew there were no poisonous ones. There is a small population of some timber rattlers but they were not near me. So I was confident that 3 ft water snake going by was harmless.
It is the same way with our daily lives. When we are in the Word, we are reminded of the fact that God is Great, the devil is defeated and we are loved. When we know these things to be true, we can have peace and not stumble at things that seem scary.
Are you in the Word for more than just checking it off your list each day? Do you love It? Keep dwelling in the preserved passages and remind yourself that God has your life under control and you won’t stumble.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,