WORDKEEPING AND TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

When we are going through difficult times, what an absolute blessing Wordkeeping is to us. Like the psalmist says, ďThis is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.Ē Ps 119:50. Quickened means to be restored to life and health, to be revived from discouragement and despair. Thatís what Godís Word does for us. How important is that!

 

The trials and hardships in life will have one of two effects on us: make us bitter or make us better. And what determines the outcome? Are we Wordkeeping or not, are we connected to God or not. We canít avoid the trials, but we can benefit from them if we are walking in the Word.

 

What a comfort and solace the Word of God is to our grieving hearts. Here is where we find hope and consolation. We are not going through these trials alone; there is One by our side Who walked this way before us. He is guarding, guiding, strengthening us in each difficulty.

 

These are not mere platitudes that I am writing. I have experienced the power of the Word in a very personal way, in a very difficult time in my life. Godís Word was my anchor, to keep me from acting out in an irrational way, to keep me on a steady, upward path. I remember singing a scripture song, ďThe joy of the Lord is my strength,Ē and meditating on the meaning. Though I was going through an extremely painful experience, I sensed the presence of the Lord filling me with a joy that Iíd never experience before. He was my strength, and I did find joy in the midst of pain.

 

There are many other scriptures that have become very precious to me during difficult times. One that especially spoke to my heart was, ďFrom the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.Ē Ps 61:1,2. Oh, how we need His sheltering arms when our hearts are overwhelmed!

 

The Word reminds us, ďBeloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.Ē 1 Peter 4:12, 13.

 

Life may be going along just fine when all of a sudden, bam! Weíre in deep trouble. We never know when our difficulties will show up. But they will come, thatís for sure. How foolish it would be to face those hard times without the comfort of the Word. Thatís why I believe it is extremely urgent that we Wordkeep now, while we have the opportunity, before the really hard times come.

 

Godís Word should always be very near to us. We know not when we will be in a desperate situation, and need to draw upon its power for sheer survival. When we cry out to God in our emergencies, let it be to a God with whom we are familiar, whom we have rejoiced in during our good times. We need Him in the good times more then we could ever realize, because that is how we are prepared to face difficult times. If we walk with angels during the fair weather, we will have no doubt that they are by our sides when the storm comes. We canít count on good circumstances, but we can count on our loving Savior. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit will lift up a standard against Him. Letís make sure of whom we trust this very day.

 

This is a text I often quote: ďIf thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?Ē Jeremiah 12:5

 

This reminds me that if I canít handle small irritations and petty trials, how do I expect to deal with the big ones? Now, in times of relative peace and prosperity, we must learn to run faster than the footmen. Thatís what Godís Word will enable us to do.

 

Wordkeeping reveals Godís character to us, so that our resolve to honor Him is strengthened. It fosters a hatred for sin, as we come to see how much it has hurt God. It creates a longing in our hearts to be with God, not only in tough times, but all the time.

 

Thank God for His precious, comforting, strengthening Word!

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Col 3:23

Awyd, dih, attL, anum;

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

1 Th 4:16

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1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Th 4:17

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Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1 Th 4:18

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Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Th 5:16

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1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice evermore.

1 Th 5:17

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1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

1 Th 5:18

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Ti 6:6

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1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

2 Ti 2:15

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2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Ti 3:16

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2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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