If you have been saved you likely know how God uses His Word to really speak to you. Any believer who has been in a church where he has been taught properly knows that one must approach the Word cleanly so that the Spirit of God may speak clearly. So to that end, before we get ready its good to have a little chat about your soul and clear out any clutter or sin that may deter God’s Word from really speaking to you. But it is also so gracious of our God and Heavenly Father to know that in our darkest hours He stands willing to communicate to you just what you need for that hour. What a comfort the psalms have been to both my wife and I just this week. How utterly astounding it must be then to the angels when they see us “skipping” out on reading the Bible !!
My first summer as a pastor, I served as a youth pastor in my hometown and I was, needless to say, a bit anxious about it all so in my very first day the Lord gave me exactly what I needed from Joshua chapter 1. That seasoned general was very concerned about his role as the new leader of Israel now that Moses had left for heaven and so the Lord tenderly encouraged Joshua thus: “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life; as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee; I will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage. . . ” (1:5-6). I sure needed that challenge then and maybe today you need the same. But if it’s not some worry or fear you face it is something else in this pilgrimage here we call our life. And the amazing thing is the Lord has the remedy already in print, you just need to read it carefully and consecratedly !!