HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s pray it will be a great year of growth as we strive to follow Him well, relying daily on the truth of His Word. Today, we welcome Susan Landry with her words of truth, encouragement and challenge as we look to begin our Bible reading plan with Matthew 1 on Sunday, January 6!
One of my favorite things about Scripture is my reliance upon the fact that it is totally, completely, absolutely, supremely TRUE. I’ve become convinced over the years that my feelings lie to me. As I’ve come to this conclusion, I’ve also come to realize that when my feelings lie to me, the best way to combat that is to tell myself the truth. This has kind of been my mantra for some time.
But it got challenged recently.
I was feeling discouraged and the thoughts that were running on repeat through my head wouldn’t quit. I tried my usual weapon of pausing and assessing my feelings to see if I could find the lie and then find a truth to combat it with. But what I kept coming back to was that what I was feeling discouraged about WAS true. It was a fact, in fact.
And so I wallowed in my discouragement for a few days, feeling rather hopeless, before God placed a verse in my head…a verse that was also true. A lightbulb went on as I saw that what had been running through my head was a HALF-truth, it was not the complete truth.
I may have screwed up, but the full truth is that God can work with that. He can bring something good out of it, even. And because I know His word is true, I can trust that and have hope even when it doesn’t feel true. My story doesn’t end with a half-truth…and neither does yours.
Friends, this is why it’s so important to be in God’s word regularly. He can’t bring verses to mind if you haven’t read them. You can’t know the full truth if you aren’t reading it. I’m so excited to start this New Year of reading the Bible together!
The full truth:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.