Several years ago, these words appeared on the cover of the Grand Rapids telephone directory: “Look in the book first.” It was a reminder to check its pages for numbers before calling the operator.

That reminded me of a spiritual parallel: Before we meet any challenge or seek the Lord’s blessing on our lives, we should look first in His Book for His direction and guidance. When we neglect to look in the Bible, we risk getting involved in relationships that He cannot bless and in activities that God does not approve.

In his book Hints to Young Christians, O. T. Gifford made the following comment: “If you’re getting lazy, read James. If your faith is below par, read Paul. If you’re impatient, consider the book of Job. If you’re a little strongheaded, go and see Moses. If you’re weak-kneed, have a look at Elijah. If there is no song in your heart, listen to David. If you feel spiritually chilly, get the beloved disciple John to put his arms around you. And if you’re losing sight of the future, climb to Revelation and get a glimpse of heaven!”

Friend, as you face life today with its many demands, let the Bible be your counselor. Look in the Book first!