Where to Look in Scripture When You Need it Most
I received a surprise gift recently that brought unexpected comfort. Last April, my wonderful grandmother went home to be with the Lord, and we have greatly missed her. My mom received my grandmother’s Bible, and tucked in it was a little note that she had turned to when she needed guidance from God. I share it with you, knowing that we all have days when we need a little direction, but don’t know exactly where to turn in Scripture. The Bible is full of advice and encouragement, and I hope my grandmother’s note helps connect you to just the right words from God to meet your daily needs!
Where to Look … in Scripture
- When things look “blue,” read Isaiah, chapter 40
- When tempted to do wrong, read Psalm 139.
- If you are facing a crisis, read Psalm 46.
- When you are discouraged, think over Psalm 23.
- If you are “bored,” read Psalms 103 and 104, or Job, chapters 38-40.
- When business is poor, read Psalm 37.
- When you are lonely or fearful, read over Psalm 27.
- When you are anxious for dear ones, read Psalm 107.
- When you plan your budget, read St. Luke’s Gospel, chapter 19.
- To live successfully with your fellowmen, follow Romans, chapter 12.
- If you are sick or in pain, read Psalm 91.
- When you leave home for labor or travel, carry Psalm 121 with you.
- When you are very weary, seek St. Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 8:31-39.
- When everything seems to be going from bad to worse, try II Timothy 3.
- The best investment is described in St. Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 6.
- Does God figure in our national life? Read Deuteronomy 8.
- When your friends seem to go back on you, hold fast to I Corinthians 13.
- For an inward peace, consider the 14th chapter of St. John’s Gospel.
- Have you been placed in a position of great responsibility? Read Joshua, chapter 1.
- If you have been bereaved, there is a message for you in I Corinthians 15, and Revelation 21.
- For a stirring record of what trust in God can do, turn to Hebrews chapter 11.
- If you are satisfied with being “well-to-do,” read chapters 15 and 16 of St. Luke’s Gospel.
- If you have experienced severe losses, read the last paragraphs of chapter 8 of Romans.
- If you are having to put up a stiff fight, there is fine equipment listed at the end of Ephesians.
- When you have sinned, read I John 1, St. John 3:1-22, Isaiah 53, and make Psalm 51 your prayer.
- The way of prayer– I Kings 8, Psalms 42, 51; St. Luke’s Gospel, chapters 11:1-13; 18:1-14; St. John’s Gospel, chapter 17; Ephesians, 3.
- If you have a fear of death, read St. John’s Gospel, chapters 11, 17, and 20; II Corinthians, chapters 4, 5; Romans, chapter 8; Revelation, chapters 7, 21, and 22.