30 Life Principles to Live By From Dr. Charles Stanley, Day 3

Our Anchor in Times of Storm

Life Principle 3: God’s Word is an immovable anchor in times of storm.

Each of us can remember times when we wished we had a sure word from God—something we could cling to when doubts and fears arose. God knows when we need encouragement, guidance, and hope. That’s why He provides specific promises in His Word so that we might understand His nature and trust Him. In emotionally devastating times, God’s promises are essential to our spiritual welfare.

His Word is therefore a compass, a guide, and an instruction book to life. Just as we use instruction manuals at work or in the kitchen, we’re to use God’s Word as our resource for wisdom and truth. No one would think of baking a cake without a recipe, nor would a mechanic rebuild a car engine without a manual.

At times God brings a specific Scripture to mind that ministers His hope and reassurance to our hearts. At other times, He challenges us to pray and seek His wisdom on a certain issue. When we look to God in faith, He will lead us according to His will. Of course, this may not happen overnight. Many times God wants us to meditate on a certain Scripture over a period of time before He gives His guidance.

When King David sought God’s heart regarding his desire to build the temple, the Bible says: “Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord” (2 Sam. 7:18). David didn’t order his men to begin construction. He waited for God’s leadership—and it was a good thing he did because the Lord wanted David’s son, Solomon, to do the job instead.

God honored David’s attitude, however, and gave him a wonderful promise: “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever” (2 Sam. 7:16). The Lord always honors our desire to seek His guidance and wisdom. If we will come to God expecting Him to answer, He will never disappoint us.

God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?

Numbers 23:19 NIV

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

2 Samuel 7:18 NIV

Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

2 Samuel 7:16 NIV

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