God’s Word has been my inspiration for many years. Each time I read and meditate on it I am comforted anew. My experience with Bible reading began way back when I first learned to read. My family gathered after dinner each evening to read a chapter. We were each given a set amount of verses to read aloud.
The first verse that really caught my attention was Deuteronomy 32:10: “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about and instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” At the age of 7 years I pondered that verse. It seemed to wrap itself around me, holding me safe from all the perils that face a seven-year-old. Could our great and mighty God, who lives way up there in heaven, be keeping me as the apple of His eye? That verse never left me. Many years later when I read it as an adult I recognized that God had indeed kept me as the apple of His eye. Now I could take it personally. God had found me in a dry, desert place; He had led me and instructed me with every reading of His Holy Word, and keeps me still today, safe in the security of his love.
As I grew in faith I learned to turn to God’s Word for comfort and strength. Many years ago our five-year-old son, BJ, died suddenly. There was no time to prepare, no time to learn how to handle the loss. Suddenly he was gone. I remember standing in the hallway, holding the last outfit he had worn, my head resting on the door jamb, sobbing
my heart out. Asking, “Lord, how long? How long before I can breathe again?” My faithful God brought me to Isaiah 40:11: “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” He had gathered me with his arm and held me close to his heart, all the while leading me gently toward him; for he held my little child in his tender loving care forevermore. My God showed me that with his help I could take one breath at a time. He further revealed his comfort presence in Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” His Word became my hope and motivation.
Throughout the years God has used His Word to inspire me in encouraging others who may be hurting or afraid. My special friend, Les, brought II Corinthians 1:4 to my attention:”(God) Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” God’s comfort encourages us to be of consolation to others. He is an awesome God and His Word is powerful and mighty to save.
My gift to you is a system of Bible reading through the year. Begin to read it for yourself even if you do not accomplish all chapters each day. Read, asking God for understanding. God’s Word will bring life into your soul, it will become “a lamp unto your feet and a light upon your path.” Read II Thessalonians 5:17 for yourself. It will reveal God’s will for you and show you how to accomplish it. His Word will not only comfort you, but also give you words to help others. That is, after all, why we are here: to give glory to God and lead others to him.