My sister and her husband are going through quite a lot these days moving from a small town to a large urban area. The contrast between both locations and the adjustment their children will be experiencing are at the root of tremendous stress they are both having difficulty dealing with.
Jacqueline is Catholic and relying on her own savvy for relief. A psychology doctorate student, she is not familiar with one of the Lord’s most important promises found in His word the bible.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
The fact she didn’t even have a bible handy tells me Jackie and Renaud have a long way to go before they can enjoy peace through their faith in God. What is unfortunate is that too many Christians are in the same boat. Claiming to believe in Jesus Christ, a large number of believers are unable to deal with challenges because they lack the spiritual tools readily available in God’s word.
To know God, we must know His word. Otherwise, we will only know of God and won’t be able to benefit from His promises. One of the best way to avoid stress and anxiety in our lives involves reading God’s word. In His word, we not only find comfort, we find peace, hope and wisdom.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22)
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)
“You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Choose what is better and it will not be taken from you.” (Luke 10:41-42)
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
God tells us to rely on Him and that no earthly challenge should interfere with the most important thing of all, our faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior. As long as we continue to put God first, we are promised rest, peace, joy and salvation.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Simply miraculous, God’s word enlightens all those who believe. After I read a few verses to my sister, she agreed having a bible handy would be a great idea. She asked for a reference list which I was glad to provide. It looks like Jackie and Renaud will be looking to God’s word more in the days ahead seeking His peaceful promises.
I invite you to do the same, not only in challenging times but every single day as you set time aside to get to know God through His word the bible. As faithful Christians, we are called to not only read the bible, but become it. God commands us to walk in His son’s footsteps and be more Christ like, a great way to achieve this is through the word.
Do you not already have a bible? If not, allow us get one to you! Simply call or email us and we will gladly mail out a new believer’s bible from which you can find God’s answers to life’s challenges. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
For your unconditional love and your forgiveness,
We thank you lord for your guidance
And for leading our footsteps through your word the Bible.
Lord we pray you will continue to look after us
After our families, our friends and all those in need,
And that you will inspire non believers
To join your family and receive eternal life in Heaven.
Father bless us as we charge through our maps
Knocking down barriers set by the unholy,
Strengthen us so that we may find peace and comfort,
In you, our father.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre