His Word, My Remedy
There was a brief season in my life when nothing went as planned. Stress was compounding all my issues. Few around me were willing to listen to the drama. Then, I remembered Daniel.
Daniel dealt with a new Persian law which forbid him to pray to the Holy One of Israel. A decree required the Persian monarch to be the recipient of all prayer offered in the empire. Violators would be forced into a lion pit to die.
What did Daniel do? Well, he did not pull out his cell phone and dial all the elders of Israel. Instead, scripture was instructing him to pray. In this deep crisis, he continued praying to the One who delivers. Daniel expected a miracle because scripture taught him about God’s miracles.
His story encouraged me to spend more time in the word. If Daniel could grow through the word, so could I. “My word that goes out from my mouth will not return to me unfulfilled, but it will accomplish what I intend and cause to succeed what I sent it to do” (Isaiah 55:11).
Ahhh, yes, scripture could act according to Isaiah. It could accomplish its purpose and mend me. Isaiah went on, “Yes, you will go out in joy (simcha); you will be led forth in peace (shalom).” Here, in sacred text, was the assurance I needed.
Simcha means great gladness, which I clearly needed. Shalom was a pledge of completeness, welfare, health, prosperity, friendship, contentment, and tranquility.
Today would be different than the day before. Why? Because scripture had changed me, fulfilled its purpose, and brought me joy.
Published November 22, 2016