It’s amazing how a simple Bible verse can inspire people. Individually and collectively, we can’t seem to resist the strength and reassurance of a well chosen Bible verse. This book that was written so long ago still speaks to people today. Bible verses have carried me through challenges in the past, helps me through the ever changing present and inspires my hopes for the future. The whole book is a life guide for many people, including myself. But there are some verses that are timeless. They offer courage and hope to all. Here are six special verses for me.
As I stood in my mothers’ hospital room watching her die I held her hand and I talked to her as cheerfully as I could. There’s no way of knowing how much she heard or understood. She’d been on life support for 2 months after suffering 5 heart failures in 1 day. But my mothers’ spirit and faith was strong. So I spoke to her from my own spirit and hoped she’d hear me. I told her that I knew that she’d earned lots of stars in her crown. I knew she’d understand me if she heard me. She’d quoted 2 Timothy 4:7-8 for years. The verse describes a person who has striven to fight a good fight and has won a crown for his faithfulness. Mom always wanted to be like that. In her mental picture she fancied that her crown would be studded with stars when God presented it to her. She liked things to be pretty. That scripture carried me through the final moments of my mothers life. I knew that she was leaving me and going to the throne of God to sleep. But I also pictured a crown being prepared in heaven that had my mothers name on it. It gave me courage as her cold hand grew colder. I clung to the hope of that verse as my mother was pronounced dead. For a short time I’ve lost my mother but not her great faith. I am still fighting my fight but I think of my crown and the time I’ll be able to lay it at the feet of my Christ. I hope it’s pretty.
I cling to John 14:2 when I suffer a loss. It helped carry me through the months after the deaths of both my father and my mother ten years apart. In this verse Jesus promises many mansions in heaven and a place for his followers. I can’t describe what these mansions look like. But John 14:2 reassures me that there’s a place for me that will be nearby the ones that I loved who shared my faith. It gives me peace even in the emptiness of physical loss. I know the person is not with me, but I will be with them some day. It may be this verse that makes me read Revelations so intently. I love the pictures painted of heaven and the new earth. When I read these descriptions, though, I always mentally place mansions among the streets of gold and the gates of pearl and the gems that line heaven so beautifully. It will be more than a pretty place. It will be home to all who confess Christ. If you enjoy driving around looking at houses or like watching programs like House Hunters you’ll understand the pleasure that such dreaming can bring.
Bible verses are often most inspirational when you live through them. Psalms 37:25 is one of those verses. The psalmist describes himself as a old person who has lived out his youthfulness but has never seen the righteous forsaken or children of the righteous begging for food. I have heard this verse since childhood but didn’t start to understand it until I became homeless for two months. I lived in a car that broke down frequently and stayed in the cheapest of motels occasionally for the chance to shower and stretch out on a bed to rest. I was working, but barely made minimum wage and my hours were limited. Survival was a real challenge. But I was never forsaken, though I was in a strange place thousands of miles from the home I’d grown up in. I found a dollar in a bush one day. Strangers gave me rides which saved me miles of walking. My hours blossomed to full time so I could afford an apartment after only two months. Though I was offered much charity and accepted it with deep gratitude I never had to beg for food or anything else. Since then I have changed jobs, strengthened my finances and have a home.Righteousness has a lot of definitions and descriptions, according to Nave’s Topical Bible. Since I know I am far from perfect I can only believe that being a Christian has allowed me to strive for righteousness. My current job deals with many people who have serious needs. But I still say with the writer that I have never seen the righteous forsaken. They may have many wants that are not fulfilled, but not needs.
The Bible speaks to us in all the important moments of our lives. Death, mourning and hardship are three circumstances that bring us to our knees. In those times we are beckoned to the Bible for faith and comfort and reassurance. But there are also times of great joy that cause us to pause our busy lives and makes us seek substance and depth. When I’m in one of those periods of time I remember Psalms 139:14, which is a verse of praise and delight. The writer delights in his very existence because he knows that his very being was created by God. The writer further exults in the works of God and in his own knowledge of these things. Whether I’m experiencing a short morning in the sunshine bird watching in a park or a few months of a comfortable, stable life I take this verse to heart.
One of the most inspirational verses of the Bible is the one that Christians world wide promote, John 3:16. God loved the world so much that he sent his only son to live and die and rise again to give all people an opportunity to have everlasting life. When he went to heaven he left his spirit. Nineteen hundred and some odd years later that spirit spoke to me and called me to believe what this verse teaches. When friends fail me and I have nothing tangible to hold onto for security,the holy spirit provides comfort to me because Christ lived and died for me, and rose to heaven to prepare a place for me. I’ve had lapses in that belief, but I always come back to it.
Finally, Psalms 104:33 stands out as a cheerful verse to ponder on. The entire chapter has built up to a moment of joy in it’s description of the power and glory of God. Finally, after verse after verse of remarkable statements the writer exclaims that he will sing to the Lord forever, as long as he lives. When I consider how true this psalm is I can’t help but feel the pure inspiration he must have felt as he put these words into writing. I don’t have a beautiful voice so I keep it low key. But I can’t help but want to sing with this psalmist.
I’ve written of six inspirational Bible verses for me. The most amazing aspect of the Bible for me is the relevance it has had for me all my life. Through childhood, teen age years, youth, and now into middle age I find these verses and many more comfort me,guide me and inspire me. I pray you, too, can find what you need in these verses. Don’t hesitate to look for more. There’s lots of them!