It has been a long journey since I gave my life fully to Jesus Christ in 1999. I have finished a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree, gotten married, and given birth to a delightful son. In the midst of all these happenings I have fallen more and more in love with my Lord and Savior and His Word, the Bible. Along the way I have discovered Bible verses that are particularly inspirational to me. Here are five of those inspirational verses.
1. Isaiah 40:11
“He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young. “ (New International Version)
I discovered this verse when I was having a particularly hard time with my infant son. I was a new mom and a new stay-at-home mom. I was juggling the house and a very needy infant. I was tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed. It was at a Moms group at my church that a mentor shared this verse with us. It struck a cord with me. The Lord takes special care of mothers as we lead our children. He comforts us and gives us the energy and drive to get through each day as it arrives. I didn’t feel quite so alone anymore.
2. Psalm 138:8
“The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; ” (New King James Version)
This verse covers everything in my life that worries or scares me. It brings me confidence that the Lord knows my concerns and He will perfect them. The key here is that He will perfect it. He is perfect and His will is perfect. The outcome may not be what I choose but I have full confidence in knowing that His plan is perfect. I can rest in that knowledge. There are many times when I am confused or frustrated and all I can do is repeat this verse over and over again. As I do that my worries slip away.
3. 1 Timothy 6:6 :
“But Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain.” (New International Version)
I believe many people can sympathize with how the economy has affected us. We are blessed to be employed, have shelter, transportation, and food. But, we have had to cut way back in our spending. This verse is another one that I repeat to myself quite often when I am feeling the pinch of less money. The key is contentment. The Lord calls us to be content in every situation. He provides all our needs and we have no need for worry.
4. Numbers 13:30, 14:24
“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” (New International Version)
We named our son Caleb because of these verses. The name, Caleb, means “bold and faithful” and we wanted to bestow that blessing on him by giving him this name. Caleb and Joshua were the only Hebrews who fled Egypt who were allowed to enter the Promised Land. They were the only two who were confident in God’s Word that the land was theirs to take if only they trusted in Him. Caleb was “bold and faithful” and he was blessed for his obedience.
5. Joshua 1:7-9
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (New International Version)
Finally, this verse is important to me because I constantly need to be reminded to be strong and courageous. I so easily give up and often fear the future. But, there is absolutely no reason for me or anyone to live that way. I can be strong and courageous because I have God and His Word to guide me.