I can still remember the first time I heard the Lord speak to me through His Word, even though it was many years ago. My heart was in turmoil at the time—over troubling world events, and over the unsettling situations in my own household. As I thought about the future of my sons, Joseph and John, fear gripped me. What kind of world was I bringing them up in? How would they survive? How could they ever be faithful followers of Christ with everything going against them in the culture we lived in? Something made me get my husband’s old Bible off its shelf. (I know now that it was the Spirit of God). I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I flipped through the pages. My eyes fell upon Isaiah 42:25 (NIV): “I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.” Shivers ran down my spine. I had never before heard the voice of God speaking to me so clearly. And my life has never been the same since. All I could think of was that God really and truly cared about me, my family, and our concerns. And He put promises in His Word that belonged to us as followers of His Son—if we would only trust Him, and take Him at His Word.
Since that day, I have trusted the Lord to watch over my sons, and to lead them into the good plans and purposes He has for their lives. And He has been so faithful. God wants to speak to you through His Word today. Will you take the time to seek Him with an open Bible, and an open heart?