When your family is going through a hard time, it sure is great to have people there to help you, but sometimes the “help” can become a hindrance. My father had ulcers his whole life. As a result, he had to have an operation to remove part of his stomach. While I sat in the waiting room, three ladies from his church came to “comfort” me. They really wanted to confront me about eternal security.

Less than five minutes into the wait, one of the ladies asked, “You believe in that once saved, always saved doctrine, don’t you? You believe in the doctrine that sends people to Hell.”

I responded, “Ma’am, believing that once saved, you are always saved doesn’t send people to Hell. If you had to keep yourself saved, wouldn’t that be works? Isn’t Jesus’ payment on the cross enough to keep you saved?” Then I showed the ladies 1 Corinthians 5:1–5, which tells of a man who had an affair with either his stepmother or mother and was still saved. I explained, “If this wasn’t describing a carnal Christian, then what would one be like? How bad do you have to be before you can lose your salvation?”

Because the ladies didn’t have an answer, they quickly changed the subject.

Sometimes well-meaning people will do or say things that fall far short of the good that they intended. But we can be sure that whenever the Word of God speaks, we can rest in its comfort. It is right for our every need.

Maybe you have gone through a difficult time with your family. A loved one may be having serious health problems. As you stand by their side, you will need comfort. Don’t turn away friends and neighbors who offer to help, but remember the best comfort — the only comfort that counts — is found in God’s Word. Like a soft pillow, it will bring rest to your heart.

The Bible is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides. — Immanuel Kant

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder