Joy For All Seasons

Devotional
When I was living during the darkest days of my life, I developed an addiction.

I was in the throes of depression due to years of infertility. I sent 5 babies to heaven and it was a time of non-stop grief, dashed hopes, and raging emotions.

The addiction that I developed was to the Word of God. During those days, when the black hole of depression was calling my name, the Bible also was in hot pursuit of my soul. Before my circumstances ever changed, the healing power in the Word of God healed my profound and relentless depression.

Nearly 3 decades removed from that horrid period of depression, I want to share with you 4 ways that the Bible can change your life.

The Bible will remind you that our God is able to take every situation in our lives and use it for our highest good and for His greatest glory.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Secondly, the Bible will help you develop a strength that will enable you to overcome sin and temptation.

“How does a young man (woman) keep his (or her) way pure? By keeping it according to Your Word.” (Psalm 119:9)

The third way that the Bible can change you is to help you love the difficult people in your life!! God is not surprised by the presence of irregular people in your life. He may have strategically placed them there because He wants them to see Jesus in you!

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, love does not act unbecomingly.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4)

If you are wondering why you were born, the Bible can help you find your purpose in life!

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

For these reasons and for thousands of others … develop an addiction to the Word of God. You will become the person you were made to be when you delight in His Word!

Joyful Thought to Ponder: Make a list of the reasons why you should read your Bible every day.