“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.” Psalm 19:7-9
Do you believe that God’s word can bring you comfort in your distress? Do you believe the Bible can change your stubborn, sinful heart? Do you believe Scripture can open the eyes of your blindest family member?
As I begin my practice counseling, I am fearful. What if I don’t know what to say? What if I’m faced with a new and complex problem? What if I can’t help my counselee?
Psalm 19 came as a comfort to me this week as those fears flitted through my mind. It’s not me who will change my counselee. It’s not my eloquent (or not-so-eloquent) words that will change hearts. It’s God’s living and active word applied by the Spirit. My words are imperfect, but God’s are always flawless. I can say foolish things, but God’s word makes people wise. Sometimes I say things that are not fully true by accident, but God’s word is true, righteous altogether.
Friend, know whatever you are facing today, God’s word is sufficient. If you are fighting to conquer a difficult sin, Scripture can help you cling to righteousness. If you are broken-hearted, the Bible can bring you joy. If you feel lost in a decision, God’s word can make you wise. If you have a friend who is continuing in false teaching, God’s word can enlighten their eyes. Rely on God, and trust His word to change hearts.
Thank you, God, for Your word. The Bible is not like any other book; it is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, who applies that word to my heart. Help me to love Your word and desire it. Help me to trust it.
If you haven’t spent time in God’s word today, or in a while, open up your Bible and start reading. Start at the beginning of a book of the Bible and work your way through to the end. Ask God to help you understand it and rightly apply it to your life.