Scripture is one of the greatest gifts God has given the Church. It may be the greatest, next to the gift of the Son, of course. The scriptures allow us to read, learn, grow, and be challenged in our faith. We are not called to be static – to stay still or in one place, but rather, we are to keep moving closer to God in Christ. To do so we can use a variety of spiritual disciplines like worship, prayer, fasting, service, and so on.
What’s great about the scriptures is that we can keep returning to them over and over again. A worship service or prayer meeting are one-time events. It’s hard to replicate a powerfully moving worship service. But the scriptures are different. They can provide ongoing comfort and encouragement, and even when we think we’ve learned all we can about a particular passage, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and opens our eyes and our hearts!
We’ve been living with stress and anxiety for over eight months now, and the events of this election week are adding to that anxiety. All of it is over-whelming at times, and with the holidays approaching, the thought of how we gather and celebrate just seems exhausting.
When we feel this way, I think it is important to go back to those scripture passages that provide comfort and hope. As this strange week in this strange period of history draws to a close, I find great comfort in these verses:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
These verses remind me of important truths: This world is temporary. Today will pass. God is preparing us for something better than what’s in front of us. And that, my friends, provides great hope and comfort.
I encourage all of us to turn to the Word of God, and not only when things are hard. But yes, particularly when things are hard, we need the comfort only the scriptures can bring. Hang in there, keep the faith, and keep turning to the Word of God for hope and encouragement.