Here is a verse to keep in mind—the time will come when you need it!
When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy. Psalm 94:16
Who has a right to claim the wonderful promise in this verse? Move back a few verses and you will find the answer:
Lord, happy is the man You discipline and teach from Your law, to give him relief from troubled times. Psalm 94:13
God’s Word (His law) teaches and disciplines those who study, understand, and obey it. Believer, you cannot expect the promise to apply unless (and until) the conditions are met. But, Oh when they are—the riches of it are yours!
How conversant are you with the Scriptures? How frequently do you listen (and act) when they expose and rebuke you for your evil ways? Are you a person who drifts with the crowd, or one who goes in the direction that pleases Him? That is the way to receive His comfort and relief. When necessary, to please God, you must to walk against it. It isn’t easy to head in the opposite direction from other Christians when they are part of that crowd—is it? That makes it especially difficult. Yet, it isn’t what others do that matters; it’s what God says will bring comfort and relief in troubled times that counts. There are many such times in all of our lives; there may be even greater ones in the near future. Take heed to God’s truth!
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