Every child of God needs his spirit refreshed from time to time. We have a race to run, a battle to fight, and a life to live (Heb. 12:1-2; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:6-8; Phil. 1:21).
Along the way there are going to be setbacks and obstacles to hinder and discourage us. We may begin to think that it would be better just to quit than to faithfully pursue that Heavenly Home. Tragically some have lost the joy of their own salvation.
Whenever we begin to feel that no one is around to “refresh our spirits,” let us never forget as children of God we have the Bible to turn to and be “refreshed”.
We can always depend upon the Bible because it is
- (1) Authored by God (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). Therefore I know that I can trust and rely upon it to guide me in this life and help me make proper preparation for eternity.
- (2) Authoritative (Col. 3:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). One does not have to guess and speculate what needs to be done in life to please God, we can look to the Bible.
- (3) All-sufficient (2 Pet. 1:3; John 12:48). One does not have to look to anything else spiritually for guidance and direction.
- (4) Abiding (Matt. 24:35). There are things that deteriorate, pass away but not true with God’s Word. As long as this world stands we have something to help us.
- (5) Apprehending (Eph. 3:4; 5:17). We can understand the Bible as we read and study it and be refreshed.
Because of what the Bible is, we are thankful that when we are
- (1) Discouraged — we can pick up the Bible and begin to read it for it “is able to build us up” (Acts 20:32).
- (2) Doubting — we can read Matt. 6:24-33 and be refreshed.
- (3) Disturbed with the problems of life — we can read Rom. 8 and feel secure.
- (4) Distressed with a troubled heart — we can find solace in reading John 14:1-6.
- (5) Drifting away because our faith is growing weak — we can read Heb. 11 and be encouraged.
- (6) Dealing with temptation and it seems it is too much — we can read 1 Cor. 10:13 and see there is a way out.
- (7) Deserted by those around us and we feel that we all alone in this life — we can read Psa. 23 and know that there is ONE who is with us who really does care (1 Pet. 5:7).
- (8) Distraught with the guilt of sin — we can find the solution in God’s Word and be delivered spiritually when we submit our will to His Will (Heb. 2:9; 5:8-9; 1 Tim. 2:4; Rom. 1:16-17; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:8; Matt. 7:21; John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Rom. 10:9-10 and Mark 16:15-16).
How thankful we should be for the refreshing words of the BIBLE!
By Jerry Joseph, in the “St. Peter’s Proclaimer,” of the St. Peter’s MO congregation.