I’m distressed that so many sermons and books today are exclusively devoted to techniques on how to help people cope successfully with life’s pains, problems, and struggles. There is a place, of course, for preaching on everyday subjects and for “how-to” books. But without teaching people the great biblical truths of God, His power, His sovereignty, His grace, and His salvation through Christ, they get no help in building a solid spiritual foundation for their lives.
When we accept the reality of these great theological truths, we have a sound basis for a godly life. Once we come to know and understand the Lord, whom Isaiah called “the High and Lofty One” (57:15), we gain a stability in life that is essential for any difficulty we may encounter.
But what is usually suggested first when a marriage is falling apart? See a marriage counselor. Get into group therapy. Read a popular book on success in marriage. These approaches have some merit, but the first step in solving any problem is to make sure we have a right relationship with God, and then seek His wisdom.
Lord, help us to look to You and Your Word as the first step in solving our problems.
Give me the Bible when my heart is broken,
When sin and grief have filled my soul with fear—
Give me the precious words by Jesus spoken,
Hold up faith's lamp to show my Savior near. —Owen
Many books can inform, but only the Bible can transform.