The Bible is not a magic pill that will immediately solve your problems. Opening up the Bible and reading it might not make your phone ring with a job offer on the other end. It might not bring about a cure for your disease. You opening up and reading your Bible might not change the heart and mind of your loved one. It might not take you out of your current messy, hard, unfair situation. It will, however, give you light— the perspective and wisdom needed to go through your situation and come out victoriously. Yes, there’s more to be done than reading the Bible. But reading it allows us to see more.
Imagine driving down a dark road with no headlights. Headlights are not the vehicle that will get you to your destination, but they sure will make the commute less risky and scary. You need the car. You need the gas. You need your ability to drive. No matter how reliable the car, how premium the gasoline, or how sharp your driving skills happen to be, without the visibility headlights provide, you will at least be anxious the entire route or at worst experience a crash.
Like the headlights of a car, The Word of God provides a visibility we would otherwise not have. It provides guidance that can calm anxiety and prevent crashes by illuminating the stumbling blocks and pit holes in life so that we have the option of avoiding them.
The Word of God is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119: 105)
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