A friend texted me today with despairing news. I scoured my memory for words to relieve her heart. And for a moment, I was at a loss.
But then the words emerged. Come to find out, I had been looking for them in the wrong place.
Every moment represents need. Heartbreak, tragedy and loss are no discriminators of men. Within it all lies opportunity to share hope – the only Hope of the world. We just need the right tool.
Whenever we perform a certain task, we look for the tool designed to help us complete it. To prepare a meal, we use a stove. To cut the grass, we use a lawnmower. To wash our clothes, we use a washing machine.
We would never use a vacuum cleaner to polish the fine silver, would we? Of course not!
So when we know someone who is going through a trial, what tool do we need? We need the Word! It is basic instruction for this life and contains every answer we could ever seek.
“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body” (Proverbs 4:20-22 NIV).
A Timely Message
When my husband and I were struggling in our marriage, opinions from others abounded. And in my emotional state, the well-meaning advice was both viable and justifiable. But one friend shared this verse with me, and it gave me pause:
“For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth” (Isaiah 54:5 NIV).
As I stood at the cliff’s edge encroached by a hard decision, this timely word created space for me to breath. It imparted peace into my situation and allowed me to rest as God worked on my behalf. Only God’s Word has that kind of power!
The most effective, multi-purpose tool you will ever need to bring light and hope to others is the Word of God. It is alive. It reveals truth. It comforts and heals. And its home is in your heart.
That’s where I found words when I needed them earlier today. I had hidden precious truths in my heart so I could comfort someone else’s. My mind failed me in that moment. But my heart stayed true to treasure His Word and reveal it at the right time.
Scripture memorization is difficult for me, especially the older I get. But when we are faithful to retain God’s Word with grace and truth as our motive, He will help us recall a life-giving word in a time of need.
Here are some scriptures with which to bless others when they are hurting:
The loss of a loved one: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18 NIV).
Dry spells or loss of hope: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19 NIV).
Marriage struggles: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV).
Emotional healing: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).
Fear of moving forward: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).
Rebellious children: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Healing from divorce: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my life” (Psalm 143:8 NIV).
Do you know someone who is going through a difficult time and could use some encouragement?
My challenge to you is to choose a scripture that will bring comfort to your friend, memorize it and then share it. I promise – you will both be blessed!