I Didn't Know How to Find What I Needed in the Bible - Encouragement for Today - December 1, 2015

Lysa TerKeurst

DECEMBER 1, 2015

I Didn’t Know How to Find What I Needed in the Bible

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

I closed my eyes and warm tears slipped down my face onto my pillow. I knew I should pray but quite honestly, I doubted God was listening. I could hear the kids fighting in the kitchen. More evidence I wasn’t measuring up. I knew I should get up and address whatever was causing the chaos between them, but I just didn’t have it in me. Not that day.

Not when the very foundation of my family was imploding. I mean, if your house is on fire surely you don’t stop to straighten a picture hanging crooked on the wall. The issues with my kids felt minor in comparison to the issues with my husband.

"I just don’t know how to fix things between us."

Those 10 words he’d said were running on repeat through my mind. Each time cutting deeper and deeper into the most vulnerable places of my heart.

I didn’t know what to do.

I didn’t know who to call.

I didn’t know how to pray and get some sort of answer from God.

And I certainly didn’t have a clue how to find something relatable to read in the Bible.

This is the desperate place I was in during the early days of my family.

The desperation. The helplessness. The days full of hurt and seemingly void of hope. I know those feelings deeply and personally.

That’s why my team and I are so committed to the work we do at Proverbs 31 Ministries. We are devoted to meeting women right where they are and helping them connect with God in ways that restore their hope, renew their relationships and, most importantly, revitalize their faith.

These women and families are literally begging for help. And we know if we connect their needs with God’s truth, their lives will dramatically improve.

Chances are if you’re reading this devotion, we’ve shown up in your inbox with words that the Lord gave us to make you feel less alone, more understood and more deeply connected with truths from the Bible.

More than 810,000 women are engaging more deeply with Biblical truth and growing in their relationship with the Lord because our Encouragement for Today daily devotions exist.

Yes, in a day and time where the world is trying to quiet Biblical truth, we’re determined to help people engage with God’s truth like never before. We’re determined to get people into God’s Word so God’s Word can get into them.

But we need your help.

If you’ve donated to Proverbs 31 Ministries before, thank you. Please know your investment is used to carry God’s Word around the world on a daily basis. Your continued support is a well-placed investment allowing you to truly know you’ve played a crucial role in fulfilling Jesus’ instructions for us to carry the Good News to those both near and far. Click here to continue your support.

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There are so many more to reach. We want to reach your friends and family and neighbors who have never known how to connect the life-changing truths from the Bible to their needs of today. And it is possible! We’re hearing from people every day who find our devotions, then begin a relationship with Jesus and start studying the Bible as a result. He has answers for all their greatest needs. As Isaiah 55:11 reminds us, God’s Word never returns void!

Dear Lord, I’m so thankful Your Word never comes back empty. I’m praying today for all those who have yet to know You in a deeply intimate way … especially my loved ones. Work in their lives, Lord, and use me as a vessel to show them Your Truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Matthew 24:35: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." (NIV)

Hebrews 4:12: "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (NIV)

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What things are you believing God to help you with? Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you whether it’s in a verse, a sermon, a song or another way He wants to speak to you.

Also consider how you might share God’s Truth with someone close to you this week!

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Originally published Tuesday, 01 December 2015.