When you find yourself in the middle of a trial, is there a verse from Scripture that wells up from your heart to sustain you? I hope that is the case for you. Amy Carmichael writes about the importance of filling the “storehouse of our mind” with the riches of the Scriptures so that we may find strength in time of need.
1 Cor 1.3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.
In one of his letters, Adolph Monod tells how he found in his hardest moments that it was enough to take firm hold on a single promise. It sustained him the the sorest difficulties. He loved the words Father of Compassions, as 2 Corinthians 1.3 has it in French.
When one is in great pain or trouble, or caught suddenly by fierce temptation, it is the word of strength or comfort that is set deep in the memory that takes life. It speaks in a new tone, and becomes to us at that moment more than we could have ever believed it would be. John 14.26 explains this: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost . . . He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
So let us fill the storehouse of our mind with the treasure of God’s word. Every day offers opportunities. When we go to bed tonight, let us think, “What treasure did I put in my storehouse today?”