Fly to the Word of God!
from "The Preciousness of God's Word" by Octavius Winslow
As a system of 'consolation' Christianity has no equal. No other religion in the
wide world touches the hidden springs of the soul, or reaches the lowest depths
of human sorrow, but the religion of Christ.
When your hearts have been overwhelmed, when adversity has wrapped you within
its gloomy pall, when the broken billows of grief have swollen and surged around
your soul, how have you fled to the Scriptures of truth for succor and support,
for guidance and comfort! Nor have you repaired to them in vain. "The God of all
comfort" is He who speaks in this Word, and there is no word of comfort like
that which He speaks.
The adaptation of His truth to the varied, the peculiar and personal trials and
sorrows of His Church, is one of the strongest proofs of its divinity. Take to
the Word of God whatever sorrow you may, go with whatever mental beclouding,
with whatever spirit sadness, with whatever heart grief; whatever be its
character, its complexion, its depth unsurpassed in the history of human sorrow,
there is consolation and support in the Word of God for your mind.
God will not leave you in trouble, but will sustain you in it, will bring you
out of, and sanctify you by it, to the endless glory and praise of His great and
Christian mourner, let me once more direct your eye too dimmed perhaps by tears
to behold this divine source of true, unfailing comfort. God's Word is the book
of the afflicted. Written to unfold the wondrous history of the "Man of
Sorrows," it would seem to have been equally written for you, 0 child of grief!
God speaks to your sad and sorrowing heart from every page of this sacred
volume, with words of comfort, loving, gentle, and persuasive as a mother's. "As
one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you."
The Bible is the opening of the heart of God. It is God's heart unveiled, each
throb inviting the mourner, the poor in spirit, the widow, the fatherless, the
bereaved, the persecuted, the sufferer, yes, every child of affliction and grief
to the asylum and sympathy, the protection and soothing of His heart. Oh, thank
God for the comfort and consolation of the Scripture! Open it with what sorrow
and burden and perplexity you may, be it the guilt of sin, the pressure of
trial, or the corrodings of sorrow, it speaks to the heart such words of comfort
as God only could speak.
Have you ever borne your grief to God's Word, especially to the experimental
Psalms of David, and not felt that it was written for that particular sorrow?
You have found your grief more accurately portrayed, your state of mind more
truly described, and your case more exactly and fully met, probably in a single
history, chapter, or verse, than in all the human treatises that the pen of man
Fly to the Word of God, then, in every
sorrow! You will know more of the mind and heart of God than you, perhaps, ever
learned in all the schools before. Draw, then, O child of sorrow, your
consolation from God's Word. Oh, clasp this precious Word of comfort to your
sorrowful heart, and exclaim, "It is mine! The Jesus of whom it speaks is mine,
the salvation it reveals is mine, the promises it contains are mine, the heaven
it unveils is mine, and all the consolation, comfort, and sympathy which wells
up from these hidden springs, is MINE."