The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
As a convert of five years, I am a "work in progress." One little leftover habit is particularly aggravating to me. I have often prayed for God's help in overcoming it and turned to the scriptures to divert my mind from negative behavior or tendencies. One day, after backsliding, I prayed especially fervently about it. Then, instead of turning to a familiar, beloved verse, I opened the scriptures at random. Pages 1162-1163 stared back at me. This was not a well-worn spot in the Bible; I could not recall ever reading Habakkuk or Zephaniah. But I read those pages, wondering what message the Lord might have for me there.
Habakkuk assured me that I need not depend on my arm of flesh; whatever I can do, the Lord will multiply my effort. He will give me spiritual strength and agility to evade any of Satan's weapons or traps. I will walk upon my high places; that is, He will enable me to use my agency, set my own standard, reach it, and stay on the high ground.
Like all mortals, I have wrought the Lord's judgment upon me and need to sincerely repent and forsake my sins. In a Beatitude-like verse, Zephaniah counseled me to be humble, turn to God, and seek righteousness. Thus, in the day of judgment, instead of His justice and wrath, which I deserve, I can receive His love and mercy, which I desire.
Those verses assure me that after all I can do, the grace of God and Jesus Christ will make up for my human imperfection. Many times since I first read them, I have turned back to those comforting words, and pages 1162-1163 are now becoming a well-worn place in my Bible.
Cynthia Woo, San Francisco, Calif.
"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]