Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

It’s In God’s Word
Psalms 119:25-32
I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. (Psalms 119:32)
As optimistic as I am (I can find a bright side to just about everything), I also know that life can be a dark and lonely place.
I’ve talked to teenagers who have a parent whose anger makes just going home after school a dreaded trip.
I’ve known people who can’t escape the curtain of depression.
I’ve spent considerable time with others who, like my wife and me, are enduring life with the sudden death of a child.
I’ve seen what relentless poverty can do to people all over the world.
Despite knowing that these scenarios exist, I don’t despair. I know that hope is available in Jesus, that guidance comes through the Spirit, and that knowledge and power are found in God’s Word.
The words of Psalm 119 give us encouragement. When our soul “clings to the dust,” we can be revived according to God’s Word (v.25). When our soul is full of sorrow, we can be strengthened by His Word (v.28). When we are threatened by deceit, we can follow the truth of His Word (vs.29-30). Our heart can be set free by God’s commands (v.32).
Are life’s demands overwhelming you? If so, you can find hope, guidance, and knowledge to help. It’s in God’s Word.
Dear Lord, help me to find comfort in your word that soothes my soul. Amen.
If your soul is parched and thirsty And you feel weighed down by care, Go to God’s Word for refreshment— You’ll find strength and comfort there. 
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church