A NUGGET OF TRUTH
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NKJV)
It was one of those mornings. I barely had time to grab my coffee to go, much less anything else. However, I did grab a Scripture card and put it in my pocket on the way out the door. Then, while on the elevator to the nurses’ station I quickly read Proverbs 15:1: “A soft answer
turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” (NKJV).
The minute I sat down at my desk, a doctor slammed down a patient’s chart on the counter and started yelling at me for something that had happened the day before. Because I was off the day
before I knew wasn’t responsible for his problem. I clenched my jaw.
In that moment, the Holy Spirit reminded me about the Scripture that I had read. Calmly, I said, “Doctor, would you like me to fix you a fresh cup of coffee after I find a nurse to make rounds with you?”
The look on his face assured me it was not the response he expected. “Fine,” he said, somewhat subdued.
As I prepared the coffee, I realized even though it was only a nugget, the truth of God’s Word had diverted an ugly situation. Placing the Word of God in our heart and mind even one verse at a time is crucial. I was surprised when the once angry doctor stopped by my desk later and said, “Thank you,”
One of the Biblical truths Satan works so hard to hide from us is found in Hosea 4:6: “My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (NKJV). Searching His Word is important. It empowers us to not only survive the storms of life, but also to thrive during those storms. What could be more important than preparing ourselves to succeed in the Lord?
Nevertheless, finding the time to study the Word of God always seems to be an uphill climb. Anything worthwhile requires fighting for, especially when it comes to doing the things our spirit senses God wants us to do. Consider what happened the last time you decided to spend time studying God’s Word. The phone rang, the baby started crying, the soup boiled over on the stove. Sound familiar?
We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, God’s Word offers eternal life, feeds our inner soul, is an instruction book for our daily lives and is a road map to our destiny. Wow! No wonder Satan uses everything within his grip to detour us from studying our Bible.
How then are we to find the ability to study God’s Word, with so much adversity around us? Our work schedules, family responsibilities, educational needs, and social demands all struggle to snatch every free minute that might be found. We aren’t kidding when we say, “I’m too tired.”
Are we too tired to read a book, spend time on the computer, or watch our favorite TV show? If we have the strength to do those things then we need to check our priorities. Spending time in God’s Word needs to have a place of priority in our relationship with Him.
Lord, let our hearts hunger for a deeper relationship with You. Birth in us a hunger for Your Word. Remind us each day that we need to hide Your truth in our hearts so we will be equipped
to change our world and the world of those around us. Help us to make our time with You our number one priority, even if it has to be found in creative ways. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
What would happen if we tapped into God’s creative reservoir by playing Scripture tapes in the car as we drive or singing Scripture verse songs with our children as we take them places?
Family time would be a good time to play games that are Bible based. We can also place Scripture verses where we can be read them as we perform other chores. Of course, a little less time in front of the TV wouldn’t be a bad idea. God can help us outsmart Satan and redeem our time.
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