• Rich Handley

Living Word

At my life's lowest ebb an evangelist named Kenny placed a Bible in my hand and told me to open it. I randomly turned to Isaiah 54 and read God's word about restoring life and health to a barren and broken people. Those words written nearly 3 thousand years ago touched me. It was my turning point.

Verse 17 of chapter 54 says that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the lord, and their righteousness is from me,” says the Lord.” At that moment I wasn’t exactly a servant of the Lord or in a position to condemn anybody. But later I grew in spiritual strength as I served at the Harbor Chruch homeless ministry and Jesus became my Lord and Savior.

The Bible is the living word. By God’s word, nations have fallen and been lifted up. The Bible instructs us not to seek our own solutions to problems but to seek His will above all else. That day when I read Isaiah 54 I realized God had all the answers to my questions. He made himself known to me when nothing else had worked. Hallelujah! Praise God!

In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. Isaiah 54: 14

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54: 10

Love and blessings,

Rich H.

photo: (St. John's Lutheran Church Perth, circa 1936)


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