Are You Strengthened by God’s Word?
When faced with challenges, how do you cope? In Jesus’ case, recalling an appropriate scripture helped him, as when facing temptations challenges (Matthew 4:1-11). Likewise, when King David faced personal trials, he also was strengthened by God’s word. He said, “When my disquieting thoughts became many inside me, your own consolations began to fondle my soul” (Psalms 94:19).
In a similar manner, recalling a favourite scripture can console us or give us strength when we face challenges: “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Do we sometimes face direct challenges like Jesus? Then Philippians 4:13 may become one of your favourite scriptures. Like King David, do you suffer from “disquieting thoughts”? Philippians 4: 6-7 may help you to cope. Do you sometimes worry that your service to God is in vain? Then remembering 1 Corinthians 15:58 will give you strength.
By memorising appropriate scriptures, we allow God’s word to exert power in our lives (Hebrews 4:12). Such favourite verses can provide us with both strength and comfort (Romans 15:4).
Bro James Kambobe (Kazembe, Zambia)