By Randi Spearman
Streams in the Desert is great this morning. It says, “There is nothing that makes the Scriptures more precious to us than a time of captivity…a person who has experienced great difficulties will not be easily parted from his Bible.”
Ezekiel 1 talks about how when he was in exile, he saw visions of the Lord and the hand of the Lord was upon him. How true this is for my life. My Bible is my lifeline.
Psalm 119:50 says, “This is my comfort in my affliction: for Your Word has quickened me.” I think back over the years when I was getting restless or lonely and God reminded me that He was all I needed and right there with me all the times I feared what was to come and He reminded me that He is the strength of my life and I should fear no one! (Psalm 27:1).
The Scriptures have reminded me that there is an enemy that is out to get my soul and he almost did. But “He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
What if I had not experienced this time of captivity? I am constantly asking myself that question. What kind of relationship would I have with Jesus? It would be lukewarm I am guessing. I never would have known my NEED for Him. But I can now say with the Psalmist, “It is good that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Your statues.” (Psalm 119:71).
Lord, thank You for prison. I thank You for revealing Yourself to me through my captivity. I thank You for Your Word. “Your testimonies are my delight and my counselors.” (Psalm 119:24).