My Favorite Bible Verses
and some thoughts about them
Scriptures are quoted from the NIV* unless marked otherwise. The verses are in the same order as the books of the Bible they come from. Bold formatting has been added for emphasis.
When I think I know it all, when I've gotten it all figured out, that's when I am about to find out how much I don't know! Our own understanding is much more limited than we dream.
I just love the image of soaring on the wind like eagles! This verse promises a lot to those who hope in the LORD.
As a child did you yearn to fly like I did? To soar through the sky like a bird - I even have dreams about it. Not flapping and working, just gliding and soaring. So peaceful and joyous!
Well, God is your wings - like a hang glider. The Holy Spirit is the wind to blow you where God wills. You can soar - higher than the eagles! But you have to grab hold ... and lift up those feet!
Even when we cannot see a way out of our troubles, God can handle it!
We are too often afraid to ask. It's like we are afraid to "bother" God with our problems and dreams. But God is a good Father and is intently interested in us. He wants us to talk to him and share our feelings, our hopes, and our needs. He will answer!! And not with rocks, either!
You don't lose anything by giving. You gain a lot more, in spiritual ways and also in physical ways. He designed your body so He knows its needs! He knows the needs of your heart, too - to feel needed, to protect and comfort others, to provide for your children. God can out-give you any day of the week!
This one can be hard to swallow when your life is full of troubles. How can the bad parts of life be for your good?
The short answer is that you get stronger by exercise and you can't see the whole story yet because you're living it. If someone carries a baby all the time, that child will never learn to walk. Learning to walk means falling down... a lot.
Out of deepest tragedy, God can craft your life into a glorious victory and blessing for yourself and for others. Let Him!
No one and no thing is more powerful than the God who created it all. No one and no thing loves you more than the God who sent his Son Jesus to die and be raised again for your salvation. Whew! Quite an overwhelming thought there!
We cannot do it on our own. It is the strength that comes through Jesus that allows us to master the difficult situations of life and to succeed where all human wisdom saw only failure.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Here it is again. "All circumstances" includes the ones I want out of... right now! But we are to give thanks for those difficult and painful circumstances, too. Job did not understand why he was suffering so. But the whole world has gained much understanding by hearing his story of trouble and patience.
God is not one to sit around and just watch the world go by. He is active and rewards all who seek him.
Prayer may be the most ignored secret weapon in the world! But you have to be "righteous" first for God to hear your prayers. Now that's a good trick, isn't it? But God doesn't mean that you must be perfect. Oh, no! You must have faith and trust God, as the second verse shows that Abraham did and was called righteous and God's friend!