Solving Life’s Problems
Solving Life’s Problems
Many, many moons ago, when Bud and I were first married, we were as poor as church mice. Beforehand, as a single working gal, I had been accustomed to buying all sorts of books for growing in faith. By the time we tied the knot, I had gathered a goodly collection of reference books, Bible versions, and books on all sorts of Christian subjects.
But, I wanted more because I wanted to be sure to keep growing in the Christian faith. Those were the days before the computer hit the scene, so books were everyone’s source of knowledge.
Well, books cost money. And we didn’t have any — not a cent! What a dilemma! Well, my good (but very poor) Hubby noticed my disappointment. He knew how to come up with creative solutions when in a tight squeeze.
Bud thoughtfully said, “Why not just read your Bibles? You’ve got quite a few versions of those and they do contain everything you want to know about God’s Word. What could ever be better than what you’ve already got?”
I was dumbfounded. Bud’s solution was based on our lack of money, but he hit the nail on the head — squarely on the head! We could afford that. And, what could ever be better? Nothing! Absolutely nothing.
That was definitely the best advice I’ve ever been given.
Consequently, over the years I’ve had the best time of my life learning straight from the mouth of God. The reference books have been very helpful at times, but the Bible has proved to be the most precious thing any one could ever have. There is where God teaches us everything we need to know for living — everything. There is eternal life in all its beauty and the overflowing of God’s love for each and every one of us — no matter what our troubles or circumstances in life.
Life has now brought us to the point where we could afford most any book, but I no longer want them. That is a most awesome blessing from our Lord! Isn’t it wonderful how God works? Now I know where to look for truth. Now I know what I can really rely on. And it took being poor to realize that.
Now what troubles me? The Internet and book stores have shown me that there are all sorts of con artists out there, ready and willing to rob people of the beauty of God’s love in Christ, just so they can gain a following of their very own. They boldly present web sites and books that claim to proclaim God’s truth, but everything is taken out of context and twisted to suit their own fancies or agendas. And — they might even appear quite legitimate until — one notices little comments contrary to God’s known Word. And when a person really gets to thinking about it, those little comments are little truth destroyers, little faith destroyers. Sometimes they are humongous faith and truth destroyers.
It’s a dangerous place out there.
What is the Christian to do? We need help in leading God-pleasing lives and growing in the truth and we need help now.
God is more than willing to provide the help we need. We just have to be willing to daily study His Word — the Bible. One will never be able to figure out if someone is misleading them if they don’t get into fellowship with God directly through His Word. God is our only real help in any situation. We dare not ignore God and follow the leading of mere humans.
Our Lord is so willing to help and teach us and He has provided the means. We just need to open our Bibles and let God speak to us.
Psalm 119:11-12 Thy word I have treasured in my heart that I may not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou, O LORD; teach me Thy statutes.