"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:13-14
In this day and age, everyone has an opinion, advice and a solution. Even the most casual survey at any bookstore will reveal rows and rows of self-help books addressing everything from how to fix a faucet to how to fix your heart. The reality is that there need not be any qualification or expertise to write a book, yet the fame of the author will catapult it into the ranks of millions sold. Recently a comedian/radio DJ wrote a book advising women to think like men in order to be successful in relationships. The author is on his second marriage and his first wife rebutted most of what he said. This did not prevent the book from becoming a popular movie and generating great sums of money.
Beloved, it is obvious that people want and need answers. There are so many things we do not know about how to remedy, sustain or endure both circumstance and situation. We are constantly seeking expertise in the areas that affect us. The good news is life actually comes with a manual and it is called the Holy Bible. Whatever your question might be, there is a spiritual answer. It covers everything from what to do when you are afflicted to what to do when you are happy. It has diet advice, financial advice, health advice and relationship advice. It provides object lessons by relating case studies of individuals who have been through what you are going through. It provides the story of the greatest person who ever lived and makes it a point to say that he is not one who was not touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was "in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" Heb 4:15."
If you are looking for the ultimate in advice, how-to, self-help and "what do I do now," try the Bible. It is the best seller of all time.