June 19 Encouragement for a Troubled Heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 138

Key Verse: Psalm 138:7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.

When Ruth Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, was sent to a North Korean school as a young girl, she wrestled with loneliness and discouragement. Her missionary parents were hundreds of miles away—an especially frightening thought for an adolescent reared in a loving, Christian environment.

Alone and afraid, Ruth Graham learned a lesson that has befriended her for life: “In missionary school I learned to turn to the Bible for comfort and encouragement,” she reflected. “Through the years I have continued that practice, and it has brought me more encouragement than any other source.”

The words of Scripture are not only for instruction and correction but also for encouragement. If your heart is troubled, open your Bible. Read the God-breathed utterances given to uplift and sustain you.

Look at the lives of Old and New Testament characters, and trust in the unchanging God to work His wonder on your behalf. The Bible speaks peace. It is steeped in love. It is aglow with hope. Its words are living and vital, true bread and water for the weak and afflicted.

O God, Your Word never changes. It is forever settled in heaven. It is aglow with hope. It is living and vital. It is the bread that strengthens and the water that pours divine life into me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 178). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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