Life is difficult and now with the money woes and wars overseas, people are in need of reassurance. Luckily, we have the Word from a loving God which has comforted billions of people for thousands of years. I often become discouraged, but when I am the most depressed, these following verses lift my spirits and feed my soul. I hope they can do the same for you.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (NIV)
This verse is very meaningful for today’s society. In these hard times, it is so easy to worry over the bills, the rent, and taking care of the kids. My husband and I often wonder how to juggle the bills to pay everything and still have a little left. This verse comforts me with the promise the Lord is ever present. When the bills pile up and the debts seem to be overwhelming, I remember the Lord is there and will always be there to uphold me.
However, this verse applies to more than money worries. The Lord will never leave you, never. That is very powerful stuff, folks. Everything on this earth is subject to destruction, ourselves included, yet God is always there to provide comfort and support for all problems. You are not alone; can anything be more inspiring?
Psalms 91:11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (NIV)
Do you believe in angels? Many Americans believe with me in the power of God’s messengers. These special messengers feel closer to us mere mortals than God, who can be daunting in all His glory. The thought of a chosen spirit from God personally watching over me gives me assurance everyday. God sometimes feels far away, but an angel is a friend whose special charge is our well being, a protective spirit as close as our own shadow. With both the protection of God and his angels, how can we ever feel lost and alone? This verse praises Him and his helpers who chase away fears and inspire us to go forth confident we are not alone.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (NIV)
So many times in my life I have wanted to fall down and give up because I knew I couldn’t do it. Perhaps I was half right. I can’t do it alone, but with the help of the Lord, the task is nothing. Jesus showed the first believers miracles beyond understanding to the human mind, but not beyond God. We today often confront an obstacle too grand for the mind and body of a puny person. But friends, it’s not just one human against the evil. Its one human and one God, a God to whom nothing is too great or difficult to overcome. The problems of this world are no more troubling to Him than a button off our shirt is to us. So, when things are too much, we can turn to the One who has the power to defeat all troubles. With him, we are inspired to achieve greatness.
Luke 12: 48 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (NIV)
The Lord has given me a great deal. I have a loving and supportive family, earned an excellent education, and I am loved by a wonderful husband who proves everyday how much I mean to him. I often think about others, the poor, the oppressed, even those who are alone and I am filled with gratitude for what I have been given.
Since I have been given so much, perhaps I own something to society. I’m not cold or hungry and I have a place to sleep. God has given me all this and also a great opportunity. Instead of just taking, perhaps we should give something back. Look out into your community and it won’t take long to find someone who needs help. This inspires me to get up off my duff and pay forward the gifts God has given me. I hope it will you too.
Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV)
Rest, that has to be one of the most wonderful words in the English language. Sometimes I’m so tired, and not just physically. My body is exhausted but my mind is also weary and my very soul needs a place to shelter. How wonderful we have a place to go to find that comfort, to a God who waits to receive us. Jesus was offering this rest to not only those first believers, but to everyone else who needs it. Have you ever felt life was working against you, like an evil sprit trying to bring you down? I think we all have, but true sanctuary is waiting. God not only gives us a soft place to fall, he is willing to relieve our worries and burdens and lighten our body and hearts. Just like a child who runs to a father for comfort, I go to my Heavenly Father and always find the loving support I need. I urge all readers to try this, you’ll be uplifted, soothed, and inspired.
The bible is filled with inspirational passages and it was difficult to choose only five. Perhaps the best way to be uplifted and encouraged is to turn to The Bible everyday. Yes, we turn to God in times of trouble, but a continual study and connection with our Lord promises a life filled with peace and love.
Version used: New International Version