The Bible, as the wholly ordained Word of God, for me, holds inspiration in every verse. Some, read at just the right time, provide inspiration for a particular need.
A couple of years ago, my children replaced the old, worn-out carpet in our home with wood floors. Before they laid the new planks, they went through the rooms and wrote scripture on the subfloor, verses that they found inspirational. For those of you who are familiar with the old hymn, you’ll understand this statement:
Each day I am now literally, as well as figuratively, standing on the promises of God my Savior.
Here are five of my favorite inspirational verses, words I try to walk in daily:
Psalm 37:4 (NASB)
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
This inspirational verse, I believe, is often misunderstood. People quote it in the context of obedience to God resulting in getting what you want. That’s not my interpretation or experience. As I seek to grow closer to God, I find that my desires change to what He wants for me. He gives me new desires that align with His will.
A couple of years ago, I really wanted to go to the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards event. I had attended for 7 years, and I did not want to miss it. I knew, however, that I had other obligations that were really more important than my attendance at the awards show. As I prayed, God did not reveal a way to meet my obligations and attend the show. Instead, he softened my heart to the understanding that the awards show was not the important thing, and my disappointment soon faded. My desires turned towards the things I knew I should be doing.
Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
I can do all things through (Christ) who strengthens me.
Again, one of my favorite inspirational verses, yet I believe it is often misused and misunderstood. This verse has been quoted in the context of Christ allowing the accomplishment of whatever you set your mind to. My translation of this verse is that Christ gives me the strength to endure whatever hardship befalls me.
In my life, I’ve experienced many forms of trying circumstances, some the result of sin in my life, some simply because He “sends rain on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45 NKJV) Regardless of the source, I know that I can carry on because my hope does not lie in the outcome of a particular circumstance, or my feelings at a particular time. My hope is in my Lord Jesus Christ, and He, and He alone, will bring me through whatever trials I may face.
Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 (KJV)
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
The inspiration in these verses comes from the promise that if we ask God to direct us, He will. Even when things are not going the way we think they should go, we must keep our trust in God and not in the things we “think” we know.
In many of my life circumstances, I could not comprehend why God was leading me down a certain path. It was not until I looked back in hindsight that I understood the situation in the context of the bigger picture. That’s one of the great things about God – He already knows the bigger picture and is directing us to fulfill it, when we let him. We all have free choice. I choose to follow God as I know the weakness of my own understanding.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope.’
Isn’t this verse amazingly inspirational? It declares that the Lord God, creator of the universe, has a plan specifically designed for each of us. My plan is not the same as my daughter’s plan; her plan is not the same as her brother’s. For every single human being on the face of the earth, God has a distinct and unique plan. A plan designed for our welfare, not for our demise.
I do not translate this verse to mean that God intends for me to prosper and be successful in the ways the world views ‘welfare’ and ‘prosperity’. His plan is for my welfare from God’s point of view. His desire is that I rest in a future and a hope based on my trust in Him and His design for my life.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
As you’ve probably noticed by now, I find great inspiration in the promises made by God for my surety. I have no reason to fear, God is my God – not my house, not my job, not my bank account. My strength comes from God – not from my possessions or position.
He strengthens me, He helps me, and He upholds me. Knowing that His promises are true inspires me to carry on even when things get tough or when I don’t understand the ‘why’ of my circumstances.