Why I’m Thankful for the Bible

Posted November 3, 2017 by Kalyn in God, Personal / 9 Comments

I’m in a very different season of my life than I’ve ever been. I’m officially referring to it as The Spiritual Drought of 2017. I haven’t been a Christian for very long, and I would call this season my first real spiritual trial. It started when my daughter was born in January of 2016 – I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and things haven’t been the same since.

 

I would say this season intensified just a few months ago following a conversation with my best friend about the act of lamenting. She read some of the psalms of lament to me and it opened the flood gates. I began questioning everything. All situations basically begged the question “why?” from me.

Why is God allowing this?

Why doesn’t God fix this?

Lots of questions that don’t have answers and never will until we get to heaven.

Many other questions more specific to certain situations are constantly racing through my mind. I am often doubtful if God actually knows what He’s doing up there. Or if He is even truly present, for that matter.

I feel as though He has left me. I find myself searching, wandering, and seeking to no avail. When I close my eyes during a quiet moment, His absence is almost deafening.

At this point, you’re probably like, “Ummm, where is this going?! How does this pertain to being thankful for the Bible?”

I’m thankful for the Bible because it reveals all of my aforementioned thoughts as lies.

The Bible is the true, inerrant Word of God and, without this foundational belief, I would be so lost and confused during this season of life. I can flip open a book and find comfort and solace in absolute truth.

Because of the Bible, I’m able to discern and sort through my emotions. The book of Jeremiah tells us that the heart is deceitful. I think most of humankind would agree that the heart is where our emotions stem from, right? Logic and reason then leads me to believe that if the heart is deceitful then the emotions that come from it can be too.

Here’s two verses that help me navigate my emotions during this time in my life.

Pinterest graphicI can rest assured that God has not forsaken me because of this verse. When I compare my feeling of being forsaken to this verse, I can easily tell which one is the lie. God does not promise that we will escape suffering or loss, but that He will never leave us, no matter what we face.

HebrewsI find comfort in this verse because it assures me that all the other verses, including the one above, will never be wrong. God is immutable. In other words He is: steadfast, enduring, unchangeable, constant, unvarying, established.

Final Thoughts

Lastly, I would like to finish by clarifying that I spent a lot of time wondering why God is allowing me to feel this way. Why do I feel like You’re absent? I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed for Him to remove that feeling from me. Fortunately, I’m at a point in my faith where I understand that if God doesn’t remove me from a particular situation or circumstance, then it’s because He wants me to learn something or grow from it in some way. I may never know why in this lifetime, but I know this trial will serve a purpose. And I find comfort in that too.

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?

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9 responses to “Why I’m Thankful for the Bible

  1. I hear you, sister. I have been a Believer for quite some time now and I still have hard seasons. It’s part of being human. I love how you say the Bible keeps you grounded. That is so true. Remember that God never moves or leaves us. He is always there. *HUGS* You AND GOD have got this!!

  2. Powerful post. The scripture I’ve been thinking about is the one of the dead bones being revived. Who are we to say things are not possible? God allows big miracles to happen.

  3. Kaycee

    Wow…what a testimony! It can be so hard some days, but knowing that God is there and that He reveals Himself through His word is just so comforting! One quote that has always helped me is that “man may let us down, but God will never let us down.” That has been something I’ve clung to. Also, “God will never leave us nor forsake us.” Heb 13:5. Praying for you today, friend.

  4. So true Kayln! When I have found myself searching – the only place I found true comfort was going to the Father. Diving into the word is how He can speak personally – in this state your in is when He spoke to me the loudest through scripture. I have always loved Proverbs 3:5-6 but these verses jumped off the page when I was going through something I didn’t understand. Lean not on your own understanding. Wait – what? I had been repeating I don’t understand for several years on a particular thing. Ok, I heard Him – I needed to quit trying to understand – it took over 20 years for me to get an answer on this particular thing. then the verse continues – in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path. Well – He did direct it alright and he protected me from what I thought should have been be he knew better. I believe it is a verse in psalms that tells us that we can not even fathom what and how much the Lord understands. He knows exactly what is going on and what you are going through – just trust Him. I loved your article. Keep digging – He will speak loudly to you!

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