The Bible amazes me with its perfect timing and the infinite ways it brings comfort, conviction, and truth right when it’s needed – even with the seemingly minutest of details.
One of my favorite examples of this happened a couple school years ago when I was helping my daughter Kayla practice her spelling words. She got frustrated with me because she kept writing her lowercase g’s backwards and I kept making her correct them. Since she’s left handed, she didn’t think it was fair that they curl to the left instead of to the right, which would be easier for her to write them in her opinion. As she expressed her frustration, I said, “I’m sorry but I didn’t make up the alphabet.” She replied angrily, “Well, they should have had a lefty do it! I feel like I’m the only lefty in my class and no one else cares!”
Just before I had started helping her with her homework, I was preparing a lesson from the book of Judges for a class I was teaching. I had just read Judges 3, which includes the account of Ehud. So I read to her verse 15, which says, “Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man.”
Her eyes got big and she smiled. I said, “See. God uses left-handers to accomplish his plans and purposes too.” As I shared how Ehud used his left hand (vs.21) to kill the evil King Eglon and also told her about some of the other gory parts of that story (yes, I shared those too), her attitude changed. She said she was surprised that the Bible would point out someone being left-handed. She corrected her g’s and finished the rest of her spelling words with no more drama.
Comfort provided at the right time from a passage I never would have expected.
I know this isn’t a life-or-death example of Scripture providing comfort. But I have had numerous times just like this where God faithfully uses whatever Scripture I happen to be reading or studying that day or week to either speak a truth into my life or to use me to speak a truth into the life of someone else.
As we read God’s Word regularly, he faithfully speaks timely comfort, conviction, and truth in countless different life situations, including everyday struggles like writing left handed.