Daniel Henderson has written an encouraging book for pastors, Defying Gravity: How to Survive the Storms of Pastoral Ministry. One of the keys necessary to climb out of a “truthless tailspin” is not only to read and study the Scriptures, but put them into practice in our daily lives.
Still, we have to be honest and admit that most Christian leaders who have experienced a disastrous crash have not lacked Bible knowledge. Some of the nation’s greatest preachers have produced the most disconcerting scandals. Clearly, it is not mere Bible knowledge that produces the power to stay on course and in flight. Rather, it is a consistent and authentic application of the knowledge to the mind, heart, and life. Even Christian leaders can become “hearers” rather than “doers” and deceive their own hearts (see James 1:22-24) as they sit among the commentaries and study tools of their Christian library.
It was interesting to read his quote a few weeks after preaching on 1 John 2:12-14. In the second half of verse 14, John writes, “I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” I was intrigued that John did not say we become strong when we abide in the Scriptures, but rather that we become strong when the Scriptures take up residence in our lives.