Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
When Eli Fangidae, an Indonesian businessman, decided to take his own life, a friend found him dangling by a rope and cut him loose. Afterward, in protective custody, Eli decided to try again; at that moment, his attention was drawn to a nearby Gideon New Testament. Out of curiosity, he opened it and read: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.”
“How could the page be opened at that very moment when I was going to commit suicide?” Eli later said. “There were no earmarks, nor were the verses underlined. When I thought of those verses given me by God, I knelt down and cried, ‘Oh God, forgive me. Have mercy on me.’”
His life was changed forever.1
God always has a timely word for us. The Word of God encourages us in our hardest moments. As we prepare to launch into a new year, make a renewed commitment to daily Bible study. Fall in love with God’s Word this year, and you’ll find a timely word for every day and fresh hope for every hour.
A timely word—spoken at just the right time to meet a particular need—how good it is!
1Adapted from Converted and Called (Nashville: The Gideons International, 2003), 37-38.
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