Lori’s life was turned upside-down when she was a junior in college. A young man she thought was a friend needed a ride home. She obliged. He led her into his apartment and raped her four times throughout the night, then let her go in the morning.
When her boyfriend found out what happened, he left her. For months, the rapist taunted and degraded her. Even though Lori was a Christian and grew up in the church, she began to believe his lies. Many times she came close to taking her own life.
Nothing in Lori’s upbringing prepared her for this. She was in a state of shock and was gripped by fear. Nighttime was unbearable. Every noise terrified her. She was desperately seeking anything that would bring security.
Finally, Lori shared her dilemma with two godly older women. They graciously led her to the Word of God and showed her how to combat her fear.
The more Lori read her Bible, the more help she found. She said, “In three days, I had no more fear and haven’t had any fear since.”
Lori’s story is a graphic reminder of how important the Word of God is in our lives. It’s not only important to read the Bible, but also vital to memorize it. The beauty and wisdom of God’s words give us quick access to His power and comfort.
I realize that I’m speaking to two kinds of people: those who are, at this moment, trying to recover from a personal disaster and those who will experience on in the future. Both of you can overcome the aftershocks of fear.
I encourage you to seek comfort in the Lord and gain strength from His Word. Commit meaningful verses to memory and rely on these verses to guide your life. You won’t be disappointed! God’s Word will never fail you.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
The first step: Memorizing God’s Word is a valuable tool for combating the temptations that attack us every day. Purpose in your heart to memorize one verse a week for at least the next month—perhaps start with the verse above. My friend, you will be glad you did!
By Vonette Bright, My Heart in His Hands
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