Filled with a lot of history, genealogy, wisdom, and laws, the Bible is composed of far more sage advice for all than can be condensed down to several verses. Following are the ones I believe to be the most inspirational for me on a day by day basis.
Psalms 46 Verse 1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
I have had people shake their head and ask why I believe in Someone I can’t see. Well, I never saw Davy Crockett, but I know he existed. There are times when I need extra courage and strength to accomplish or withstand something, and my prayers are answered with the means to succeed. I had to jump off a twenty foot wall into the sand for a confidence course one time. I was scared, but knew He was jumping with me, and that my guardian angels were with me. My leap of faith was successful, thanks to Him.
Ecclesiastes 7 Verse 14 “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”
If we only had good days, we would certainly become stagnant in our appreciation of them. For everything, there must be a comparison. Even though at this point in my life, I’m in the days of adversity, I know from experience that it does get better. I am plodding through the mire, and looking forward to the sun.
Matthew 4 Verse 19 “And he (Jesus) said to them (Simon Peter and Andrew), ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'”
I can remember singing this verse In Vacation Bible School for years and years, both as a participating child and a teaching adult. It is so much fun to put the hook into the river of people and pull out the ones who take the bait for Him. The difference is instead of frying the “fish,” we provide them with the knowledge to survive, learn, and become fishers of men themselves.
Matthew 5 Verse 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Righteousness is doing the right thing by following the ways of God. I try very hard, because I do know the difference between right and wrong. It’s not easy to be made fun of because others consider me naïve and unrealistic. I still want to choose God’s way, not the way of man that leads down the wrong path. Over the years, my skin has gotten thicker, but now and then I whine a bit because I lose acquaintances that deem me no fun. Am I satisfied with my moral code? Yes, I am.
Matthew 6 Verse 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”
This verse is particularly a help to me because I tend to worry about the big picture. The most important thing that happens when we take care of things for today is that it often eradicates tomorrow’s problems. On a very simple scale, if we cook soup for today’s meal, and there is enough for another time, we will have no worry over food for tomorrow. If today’s problems are conquered, rest and refresh to be fit for the next day’s concerns.
Luke 11 Verse 9 “And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened.”
I’ve been nicknamed the ‘find it girl.’ My whole life I have been told that nothing is ever lost. Believing firmly that God knows where everything and everyone is, I have been led to items that people have been seeking. Sometimes I find them before they are being sought. The entire verse is one of promise. It is a guarantee, opened by faith. It is the reason I carry on, despite life’s squabbles and disappointments.
Yes, I’ve seen better days. I am promised that even better days are ahead. Faith is wonderful, because it is only limited by a person’s refusal to believe. I am grateful for the determination of my grandmothers and parents, who gave me the scriptural foundation to carry on. I am grateful that multitudes of centuries ago, inspirational Bible verses were passed on through writings to guide us today.
Original work of the author 12-9-10
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
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