Living by the scriptures

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.

— Habakkuk 3:19

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.

— Zephaniah 2:3

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]

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