The Bible is full of verses that are meant to be applied practically to everyday life. It is the living word of God, and He gave it to us to aide us in our time here on earth. I would like to share a few that have been very practically helpful to me in my personal life.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
In my opinion, this is one of the most practical verses in the Bible. Who of us does not suffer from worry and anxiety? This verse tells us exactly what to do to find relief. If we bring our worry, fear, or request to God in a humble and thankful manner, and make our request, remembering always that in the end, His will is what is best for everyone, we will be given “peace that transcends understanding.” I have experienced this more than once, and it is a true miracle. This verse is describing peace in situations that make peace seem impossible. Yet we know, nothing is impossible with God. I experienced this first hand when were waiting on test results that would confirm our daughter had Cystic Fibrosis. I took my request to God, begged that she be spared from illness, but acknowledged that I knew that if she was sick, He had a divine plan for her and that He knew best. The peace I was given in that moment and the remaining weeks until we got the diagnosis was truly beyond all understanding.
“For you created my inmost being’ you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”
Have you ever struggled with feeling inadequate? Have you ever felt that you couldn’t do anything right? Have you ever been unhappy with the way you look? We all have. I am the world’s biggest airhead. I have often wondered why the Lord made me this way. It is so frustrating to do dumb things all the time. One day as I was being particularly hard on my self, the Lord spoke to me through these verses. It was as if he was saying “Who do you think you are? I created you exactly the way I wanted you to bring the most glory to me. My works are wonderful, and you know that!” Wow, what a wake up call. What I considered to be flaws were put there on purpose to allow God’s glory to be reflected in my life. If I was perfect, how could he show any work in me? Whatever the situation or flaw, seek out how it can be used to glorify God.
These verses took on new meaning when my daughter was officially diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. They apply to all of us, including our children. He knitted her together in my womb. He formed her in the secret place. He knew exactly what He was doing, and he has awesome plans for her life to bring glory to Him.
“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 is affirmation that God does not want to harm us. Whatever we are going through, we simply are not able, in human form, to see the whole picture. We must just trust that God has a plan that is meant to prosper us, not to harm us. We may not even see the full picture until we are no longer on this earth, and then again we might. I have held tight to this verse through 11 moves, financial struggles, a sick child, foreclosure, and everything else that has seemed so wrong. I have also celebrated God’s faithfulness in the good times, and remembered it as evidence of his promises kept.
I hope these verses bring you as much hope and comfort as they have me. I urge you to not stop here. This is only a few of the many, many verses God gives us in His Word, the Bible, to get us through this life here on earth.