Depending on how old you are, you have gone through more or less new findings. If you follow along, have you ever wondered about their wording or the sense behind them?
What do I mean by that? Let me give you two examples from of my own life:
- When I was young, a few decades ago, they said that if you cannot easily peel a boiled egg you have not done a good job letting cold water run onto it after boiling it. Now they say that the ease of peeling the egg depends on how fresh the egg is.
- Thirty years ago they told us not to lay down a baby on his back — to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and so that the babies would not choke to death if they would throw up while in bed. Today they say differently: the risk of dying of SIDS is much higher for babies that sleep on their side or on their stomach.
What if they are wrong? What if they had been right years ago? Did they find out more? Have they made new discoveries? Back then we’ve thought we can trust their advice and found it to be true. Now their truth has changed. Who can guarantee that it will not change again tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or even in ten years time?
True, the peeling of the egg is not that serious but the death of a child is — and so is the death of a relationship, the killing of love, and the destruction of a marriage!
Be careful in whom and in what you are putting your trust in. Opinions change and so can people, but the Word of God will last forever.
In 1. Peter 1:24-25 it says that:
All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.
You are just finished dealing with one thing and the next hardship already comes along. Or, you are still in the middle of battling with one issue while another — and maybe yet another — is added upon your shoulder. You feel overwhelmed. You know you won’t be able to cope with all of this much longer. You have come to the end of your rope.
Ever felt this way before?
This is how I have felt yesterday morning. Then the LORD brought something to my mind — something my old Pastor used to say often, mostly during our prayer meetings. He said that especially in times like these we need to look up to the One who can change things, the One who loves us so deeply, and who cares for us and our sorrows. We need to go to His Word. And then he shared that, in situations like these, he often goes to Psalm 91, reads and prays its words. That’s exactly what I did on Tuesday morning and I urge you to do the same.
If you feel like you have come to the end of your rope today, get your Bible out — even if it is dusty — and start reading the healing Word of God. Why not start with Psalm 91 and keep on going, reading a little more each day?
If you would have asked me during my early childhood years, I would have said that I’m growing up in a Christian family. Decades later I know that the home I grew up in was rather a traditional than a real Christ-committed one. I often dwell on the thought of what would have happened had I been raised in a truly Christian home.
I’ll have to admit, my grandma did have a great influence in my life. Thanks to her, my parents prayed the same children’s prayer with me before bedtime: Müde bin ich geh’ zur Ruh’. We prayed together up until I was about ten years old. Then I was on my own. I kept on praying every evening, trying to find the right words that would please God. I loved to talk to the LORD and I felt safe each night, no matter what. However, I went off the path a couple of years later. What happened, you ask? I’ll have to save that for another day’s blog post (it’s too long of a story for today’s post).
My grandma also set an example, not so much for my parents but for me, to read God’s Word. She would get up very early in the morning and sneak out of the bedroom to sit at the dining table and read her Bible. Sadly, she never explained why she was reading it and she never read God’s Word to her grandchildren. However, seeing her sitting at the table with her Bible open in front of her is a picture I’ll now never should forget.
I say now, because for the first two decades of my life I had not been reading, studying and memorizing God’s Word. Nobody has told me about the Bible, nor how important, lifesaving and life-changing its message would be for me. That’s why, in so many ways, I often felt like the ring-buoy I always needed had been stolen, kept from me, and therefore my (new) life in Christ had been lost for such a long time…
If you do have small children or grandchildren, please do read the Word of God to them – even if it’s only a small portion a day. Help them to memorize verses and bigger parts of it. Sing Bible songs with them. Guide them to the Source Of Life so they will know where to go to once they left home.