Life can have so many twists and turns which is why it’s so important to have the right Bible study tools!
Navigating life today, it’s not hard to get lost. One wrong turn can take you on a journey to a dead end. You then have to retrace your steps to get back on track, a time waster that may cost you dearly. That’s why it’s so important to have daily Heavenly wisdom to guide you, so you don’t have to negotiate the twists and turns alone.
Proverbs 16:9 says “A man’s heart plans his way: but the Lord directs his steps.” What a wonderful promise to us that we can have God’s direction in our lives as we study His Word regularly. Yet, even so, we still sometimes end up taking costly detours and some just give up and become derailed. One such person was Billy Nolan. Nicky Gumbel writes about him in his daily devotional on YouVersion, one of the most downloaded Bible study tools in the world today. See: YouVersion Bible Plan Got Over 1 Million Subscriptions On New Year’s Day
Nicky shares how Billy ran away from the Merchant Navy at 18 and was an alcoholic for 35 years. Sadly tor 20 of these years he sat just outside Holy Trinity Brompton begging for money. The promise of freedom was right there in touching distance but somehow it alluded Billy. Until one day, he asked Jesus to come into His life and Billy promised to never drink alcohol again.
“From that day on, he didn’t touch a drop. his life was transformed, he radiated the love and joy of Christ,” Nicky writes – then he quotes Billy as saying… “I am happy because I am free. Life is like a maze and at last I have found the way out through Jesus Christ.”
Just like the Message Bible puts it in Psalm 88:8, Billy was caught in a maze and couldn’t find his way out, blinded by tears of pain and frustration. But, how wonderful he found Jesus to be the way out. That is who He is. “I am the way, the truth and the life,” Jesus told His disciples in John 14:6. “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The way out
Jesus is not only the way out He is the way full stop. As you read the Bible each day you will see this more and more and you’ll find God’s direction becomes much clearer. God’s Word after all is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path (Psalm 119:105). Don’t negotiate the maze of life without it!
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Click to find out more about the Bible In One Year 2018 – This is a leading daily Bible reading plan. Each day, you receive a reading containing a Psalm or a portion of Proverbs; a New Testament section and an Old Testament section. Nicky and Pippa Gumbel then provide insightful commentary. Nicky is the vicar of HTB Church in London and the pioneer of the Alpha Course.