I had a job working for a company that sold cell-phones. At the time I started working there, I had only used a cell-phone one time. I didn’t know anything about them. I remember thinking as I sat at my desk on my first official day, “What have I done?” I did not have one clue about what was involved with these phones. I had two options; I could quit on my first day, or I could work hard to figure out how these phones worked. My father had instilled in me that quitting was not an option, so I decided to work hard.
The challenges that I face trying to live the Christian life require this same kind of preparation. God has given us the most valuable tool we could ever have to live this life successfully … the Word of God. It has all the answers we need, if only we will take some time to study it and find out what it says. The writer or Proverbs encourages all of us by saying, “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall keep thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:20-23).
The combination of the Word of God with some people who have lived through challenges themselves using the Bible will help us to navigate our way through this life with success. Ernest O. Sellers wrote a great hymn based on Psalm 119. Read these words and commit your heart to this Book of all books.
Verse 1: Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path always, to guide and to save me from sin, and show me the heav’nly way.
Verse 2: Forever, O Lord, is Thy Word established and fixed on high; Thy faithfulness unto all men abideth forever nigh.
Verse 3: At morning, at noon, and at night I ever will give Thee praise; for Thou art my portion, O Lord, and shall be thro’ all my days!
Verse 4: Thro’ Him Whom Thy Word hath foretold, the Savior and Morning Star, salvation and peace have been bro’t to those who have strayed afar.
Chorus: Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee; that I might not sin, that I might not sin, Thy Word have I hid in my heart.
Open your Bible today and dig for the answers you will need for the challenges of life today. Get to know the Author of the Book a little better.