”Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4).
Recently I found myself getting unexpectedly weak. Physical weakness is part of my everyday life, but I knew something was off internally.
The Lord had been nudging me to spend more time in the word, but one day had run into the next and I got distracted. I remember what a neighbor once said to me: “I can feel it when I don’t read the Bible.” He had cancer, and he knew what it was to be physically weak, but as a Christian he also knew that there is a spiritual weakness that can be felt and can affect us in significant ways.
The prescription for such weakness? Read, slowly meditate on the scriptures every day. You will be stronger spiritually. You will be wiser, better able to handle adversity, and more powerful as a Christian.
People would never think of skipping their morning coffee, or skipping brushing their teeth, or any number of other daily activities they fit into their busy schedule. You don’t skip your medications, or other priorities in your life.
When you find yourself spiritually weak–and if you neglect reading and meditating on the Bible you will get weaker–the first thing you might want to check is your spiritual medicine cabinet and take out the prescription marked: B-I-B-L-E.
As Christians with afflictions there is so much we cannot do. Yet we can always read or listen to God’s word. Weakness on the outside we have no control over, but weakness on the inside? That is on us. God’s Word will make us strong and secure, empowered and better able to handle the multitude of adversity that comes into our lives. So let’s crack open our Bibles.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when we are spiritually weak, lead us to Your word, and fill us up, removing our spiritual hunger. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is a lifelong fan of the Holy Bible. It has saved him in more than one way throughout the years.
Are you feeling weak Christian? Have you spent any time in God’s word lately?
This is Amy Grant singing “Thy Word.” It’s from 1984 and I remember singing along to this song in high school, but the message is still just as powerful.