Thursday, August 09, 2007

What happened when a stressed-out guy read his Bible

I had a very hectic and “stressful” couple of days earlier this week. No, not life changing stuff; I was just beginning to feel a little overwhelmed due to a full plate, too many balls in the air, and some things I was depending on that just didn’t happen and thus added to the stress. You have probably had a similar experience or two in your life. Anyway, on Wednesday I felt the need to escape. I actually had the thought of sneaking out and going to a movie or going shopping and buying myself something spiffy. I was being lured into running to the world for comfort. Thank God that I quickly took those thoughts captive and after pressing through the day decided to go home and continue my personal study in Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church.

God’s timing is perfect. His word is active and living. I didn’t run to the Bible in hopes of finding comfort. I just knew that it was where I should be instead of at some movie theater. I didn’t do a study on dealing with stress. I didn’t do the “God I am going to open my Bible and put my finger on a verse so you can speak to me” routine. I simply continued my study in 2 Corinthians from chapter 3 into chapter 4. What happened? I found God speaking directly to me. It couldn’t have been any clearer.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Now I know enough to know that my light and momentary troubles were much lighter and momentary than what Paul was eluding to in these passages. However, this text spoke to me and brought it into perspective, righted my thinking, and returned my focus to the kingdom. Nobody can tell me that God’s Word isn’t inspired, living, active, and a tool used by the Holy Spirit to transform and disciple his saints.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great reminder of where (and from whom) true comfort comes!

I have just recently run across your blog and I have found your posts to be very thought-provoking and helpful.

Milton Stanley said...

Glad you found your refreshing in the Word rather than the World. Peace.