God gave us the bible so that we could learn about Him and His will for our lives. The bible is full of precious gems that are intended to inspire us and guide us. No matter what situations we may face in life, the bible is always there to help. Even being an ancient book, it is just as relevant to us today as it was in the times when it was penned. Below I have listed some verses that I have found inspiring and helpful at different times of my life. I pray they inspire and help you and they continue to do for me!
· “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8
This verse comes just before Moses dies. Joshua has been named the new leader of the Israelites, and Moses is speaking to the people. He says this to Joshua in the sight of all Israel. It is very encouraging because it helps us to remember that God goes before us in all we do, and then is with us even as we do it! A few years back I borrowed a book from a friend and about a year later, I found it as I was going through some other books. I was horrified. I knew my friend must have given up on getting it back and I felt guilty for not returning it. This was a Christian friend I see only on occasion. The longer I put off returning it, going through scenarios of the situation in my mind, the more the Holy Spirit pushed. I read this verse one morning and knew instantly God was telling me to return the book. I grabbed the book and headed for my friends house before I could think too much about it. On the way I asked God to go before me and prepare my friend and to be with me as I returned it. I had no idea what to expect. When my friend saw the book, and listened to my request for his forgiveness, he laughed and told me that he had two more of the exact same book on his shelf and I should have just kept it! I worried for nothing, he didn’t even miss it, but in order to be obedient to God, I had to return it. It turned out to be great as we sat and had a nice conversation about our God that morning. This is much smaller than Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, but it shows that our God cares about all that we do, and every situation He wants us to trust in Him.
· “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” ~ Psalm 100:5
This inspires me to know that the Lord will always love me no matter what, and His love will pass to my children and grandchildren and more because He unconditionally loves us all, whether we are Christian or not. This verse is one of my many ‘Ëœgo to’ verses, because so many times in my life when situations arise that cause things to not go my way, I can always find peace knowing that God loves me. It’s the most important thing to remember. Because God loves us, then no matter what happens in our lives, there is always hope. We can’t lose God’s love, and that is very encouraging!
· “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” ~Romans 8:32
Paul is explaining here that along with there being many reasons to rely on God, there is really NO reason to think that God is not trustworthy. By sending Jesus, His only Son, God has proved that He was willing to do whatever it took to take away the separation between Him and humanity. I love this verse because it asks what other choice is there other than to trust in Him. It’s not always easy to do, but this verse helps me remember that when I’m in situations I can’t control, God’s will is going to be done, through Him, not because of anything I can do. There was a time when my wife and I received a check for the exact amount that we had figured out we needed at the time. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. Things like this happen all the time. God loves us and wants to bless us and draw us nearer to Him. God will make sure that His will is carried out, even if it seems impossible. He can and does make it possible. We serve an awesome God!
· “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~James 1:5
One of my favorite verses in the bible, this is both inspiring and encouraging. This verse is very helpful because who of us doesn’t at some point find ourselves in situations that we struggle with? A big decision maybe that has to be made and we don’t know which way to go. We’ve all been there and will be there again, and this verse is so encouraging because it lets us know that God will not only help us if we ask Him for it, but He won’t look down on us or criticize us for getting ourselves in some of the situations that we do! Praying for wisdom and receiving it also helps us to know what to do in the future, or what to tell someone else to help them. In fact, the answer to my prayer might be another person advising me on what to do. There are situations every day that we face, and knowing we can go freely to God for help without feeling guilty, ashamed, or just embarrassed to be facing it, is an awesome feeling. The answer may not come immediately, but it will come if we are persistent!
· “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~1 Peter 5:6-7
This verse is one I think all of us can relate to at some point in our lives. There are many things in this world that cause anxiety and whether we like to admit it or not, we all give in to it sometimes. For me, anxiety is probably my biggest struggle. I was even diagnosed at one point with social anxiety. This verse brings freedom to those who truly act upon it, knowing they can give their fears and anxiety to God, and He will take it away. Honestly, I am able to do this, but not in every circumstance. That is why I have to refer to this verse often. When I feel anxiety creeping up, if I take it and leave it at the foot of the cross, then I can be free from it. Panic attacks are something I suffer from occasionally, and when I can get past my initial fears and begin to think straight, I will pray to God to take it away. I will give it to Him so that I don’t have to deal with it. He is faithful in this, and He wants to do these things for us, and always at just the right time, as the verse says, He will come through and leave no doubt about how it helped. God is the only explanation, and He does it so that we can’t credit anything or anybody but Him. That’s why I love this verse, and that’s why I love God!
Sources cited – All scripture is from the Holy Bible, NIV version