“I need to know what to do”! A friend cried over the phone line. “Where can I go to find help in the Bible? I need to know what God wants me to do!” My mind searched for an answer as my heart ached for her. I thought of times I had called out to God in similar ways, searching, praying, and needing to know Gods way. I hurt for her, knowing the struggles she faced.
I smiled, thinking about the sweetness of searching for God, the way it feels the moment when you find rest even before he has answered. As he tenderly and lovingly draws his child near him.
I did not give her an answer about where to go in the Bible for guidance because there is no such place. It is all a dance of love between God and his child. It is about a relationship, getting to know each other. God does not tell us specifics because he deals with each person differently.
Look at the story of the woman with the issue of blood. She had a problem and she could not get help. She heard of Jesus and thought this might work. She was desperate. There was no specific set of things to do from God that would solve her problem. She sought Jesus out. She looked for him, drew close to him and reached out to touch him. She found healing. (Matthew 9:20-22)
God gave Joshua a promise as they were going into Canaan. “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9).” Why could Joshua and the children of Israel be courageous, strong, and unafraid, even when they faced great battles ahead? They were trusting in God, who had promised to go with them.
God has given us his Word to allow us to know him, so we can come in close and snuggle on his shoulder. He does help and answer questions, just not always the way we think he should answer.
If you are desperate and need a touch from God look in his Word. He is there on the pages and in your heart. He will speak to you and help. If you quiet yourself, come close to him and listen.
Here is a suggested reading plan.
1.Once a day read Psalm 1, for a month.
2.Read the daily Proverb. (One chapter from Proverbs. whatever day it is, read that chapter)
3.Get a small spiral bound notebook and write a prayer journal to God
4. Listen to Psalm 119 out loud while you relax. It is less than twenty minutes long.
Here are tips to keep you from becoming discouraged.
1.If you cannot read both Psalm and Proverbs daily start with reading Psalm 1 daily. It is just 6 short, but powerful verses.
2.If you miss a day or two do not try to catch up. Read the Proverbs for that new day only.
3.Read the chapters in different ways. Read it quietly to yourself. Find a Bible app for your phone (YouVersion) or www.BibleGateway.com and listen to the chapter. Read it out loud to yourself or to another person.
4.Look up commentaries and read about the chapters you have been reading. The website www.BibleGateway.com has a button above the passage that says, “show resources” click it, and there are a few commentaries there that are good helps.
5.Ask God to speak to you as you read, it is his words he knows what he meant, and he can help you understand.
6.The journal is just a small written prayer from you to God. It does not have to be fancy or formal.
7.Write in journal form, like you are talking to God. Take a minute to tell him what you are doing that day, what you did the day before, or how you feel right now.
8.Keep the journal prayer easy, one to three paragraphs is enough.
What verses do you read when you are seeking help from God?
Do you have a plan that has helped you?
Comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear your ideas!