The Bible illuminates the dark paths we walk, and includes instructions about pleasing God, the answer for sin, and promises for the redeemed. The word of God is a rich scriptural tapestry, weaving verses of encouragement, warning, and hope. As we journey through life and revisit scriptures, we find that even familiar words take on new meaning in each season of life. Here are five verses that have richly blessed me in a variety of times, and which I hope bring inspiration to you also.
One – We are known by God
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
There are many scriptures highlighting the awesomeness of God. Watching a storm or standing on the beach and facing the waves, we are struck even in nature by the power and majesty of God. He is wonderful beyond imagining. And what is even more striking personally is His attentive care to each of us. The hairs of our heads are numbered! He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He cares for each of us, in extreme detail.
Two – Salvation makes us free
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
We come to God in faith, repenting of our sins, confessing Jesus as our Savior, and being baptized in obedience. We are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, and come out of the water saved! The grace of God saves us, and we are free. How incredible is that feeling? We come out of the water having contacted the blood of Christ, our Savior, and we are raised to a new life. We become different people. That old life has no more hold on us. We are recreated! And look at what that passage above also says, that as we are buried in water like he was buried, we also come up to share in the likeness of His resurrection. Hope! Salvation! Future! No past, no guilt, no sin has any dominion over us anymore. We are redeemed, and set free from the bondage of sin.
Three – The inspiration of a better calling
I Corinthians 16:13
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.
This verse is inspirational in its appeal to action. In succinct language it is a call to caution, to preparation and to the overriding theme of our lives – love – for God first, and people next.
Four – The Source of our strength
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
One simple verse to remind us that there is nothing we face in this life that is too big a problem with the strength of Christ behind us. In quiet moments of meditation, and in scary nights in the hospital, I have whispered this verse, and the blessings of His deliverance I cannot begin to tell.
Five – A secure future
I John 2:25
And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life.
God is faithful, He cannot lie, and all His promises are sure. My heart is comforted daily by this promise, that eternal life waits for me. This is one of those verses that provides a much needed jolt of perspective, when our day-to-day life weighs us down.