Monday, November 5, 2007

What's Your's?

There are certain verses in the Bible that are huge comfort to us. For instance, my Sunday School teacher has told us several times about a verse that means a lot to him. When he was a teenager, his father was dying of cancer. The family had gathered around his bedside hoping for a good word from the doctor. When the doctor came in, the family asked him if he had any good news for them. The doctor replied, "Yes I have a good word for you - 'Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you'". I think each of us has a Bible verse or verses that are like a balm to our soul.

This morning while I was taking my son to school, our local Christian radio station (WCQR 88.3) announcers asked people to call in and share their favorite Bible verse. It was such a blessing to hear these people call in and tell their favorite verse and what it means to them, so I want to do the same thing. I want to hear what your favorite Bible verse is and why it is your favorite. If you have more than one, that would be great too. By the way, a poll shows that John 3:16 is the #1 favorite verse and that the book of Ephesians is the favorite book of the Bible. So, here is my favorite (well, one of them).

Isaiah 43:1-7
But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you, I will give nations in exchange for you,
and peoples in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made."

I love these verses, because they tell me that God loves me. These verses have been a great comfort to me when things in my life were crazy or when I was going through a time of 'sifting'. God tells us not to be afraid because we are His and He will take care of us even in the worst of fires in life. He says He is WITH us--the God of EVERYTHING is WITH little 'us' and He sees us as PRECIOUS and HONORED. How in the world could I (sinful, proud, etc. etc) be precious and honored in the sight of a HOLY GOD? How could He save someone like me and love me so much when He knows me completely? AMAZING. TRULY AMAZING.

Okay, your turn. Start typing or just cut and paste from www.biblegateway.com.

6 comments:

Earen said...

Oh, I love that verse! I have many favorite verses, but I think my favorite right now has to be Prov. 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." There are several others, but this is just one of my favorites I have memorized!

Abby said...

i mean, of course i have to agree that i have MANY favorites as well...these are the ones that stick out to me because of what they have meant to me during very significant seasons of my life...they have marked me for what they stand for and how they got me through my dessert places...

"it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. stand firm then, and do not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." gal. 5:1

"i will praise you for i am fearfully and wonderfully made. your works are wonderful, i know that full well." ps. 139:14

"my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 cor. 12:9

"satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days." ps. 90:14

love you friend!! :)

Alana said...

I love this idea Bethanne!

Some of my new favorites are ones I have discovered on the Seeds Family Worship CD.

I love this one...

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

Zephaniah 3:17

Also,this one...

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal."

Isaiah 26:3-4

I have many more, but I'll leave you with this one that I've shared on my blog before...

"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands."

Psalm 63:1-4

Fran said...

Oh my gosh! There is not enough space to write the entire Bible out! :) You know, the more we study His Word, the more we love every single scripture. I can agree with all that have been said as a part of my "favorites." Today, on Tuesday morning, this is my scripture for today and therefore it is my favorite....

John 15:1-17. I have been studying this in my Bible study homework so it is falling fresh on me. This is where Jesus teaches about the Vine and the Branches. I learned in homework that God can prune us through His Word or through experience. Those are two of His gardening procedures. I prefer the Word way than the nasty field trip way. We must be pruned again and again and again.

"this is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit."

I am in love with all the verses. Have a blessed day Bethanne!
Fran

Renee said...

This is a wonderful idea, Bethanne. Very inspirational and encouraging.

My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." This verse has so much meaning to me. It has sustained me many times.

Then I stumbled upon this small verse in Mark, and it struck a chord in me. Mark 5:36 "Don't be afraid, just believe." So simple, but so powerful!

Love this!

I'm Tara. said...

Here's one that I LOVE.

Hebrews 3:6 (NLT)

6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.

Of course, this one has gotten me through the last two weeks.
1 Cor 10:13 (NLT)

13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.