Do you ever think you wasted valuable energy doing silly things as a youth and wish you had that energy now? For example, I had a high school boy help me plant some trees recently. After working him mercilessly, he looked terrible so I let him take a brief break. He rebounded as though he had just started! I was exhausted just watching him. To add insult to injury, his dad told me later that when he got home, he changed clothes so he could go to the gym and work out with weights! These kids don’ t need all of that reserve – real people like me (real adults) do. However, that is not how it works.
It seems that when life is at its most difficult, we need our greatest resources – but often we fumble for the answer. In times of difficulty, we need to have a resource from which to draw if we are to manage the situation well. Instead we get tired, fatigued and disoriented.
The longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, is dedicated to the importance of the Word of God.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (v. 11) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.(v. 105)
It is great to have a reserve when challenges come, whether of joy or sorrow.
“… help in times of trouble.”
“ So do not fear for I am with you… ”
Hurt by Others
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good… ”
“…there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother”
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
“ …testing of your faith develops perseverance…
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God.”
These scriptures are powerful resources if committed to memory – as are hundreds of others. If they are deeply rooted, they will bear fruit, even in times of storms or drought. They may not answer all the questions, but they will offer encouragement and peace until quieter times come.
Dr. Bill Heston
Bill Heston works on the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Houston