What makes a Bible verse someone’s favorite? It is typically because there has been a moment or moments in their life where that passage of God’s Word met a need at a very deep level. It may have been a time of deep pain, or a moment of life transition, or perhaps it was shared with them by a very special person.
John 3:16 is special to me because it reminds me of what Christ did to save my soul and bring me to God…
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 8:28 is powerful to me for it has helped me hold onto hope knowing that even when life doesn’t make sense (and sometimes, for me , it doesn’t seem to), God can make sense out of my life…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
I love John 4:24 because my Grandfather on my Dad’s side once shared that verse with me. I don’t remember everything about that conversation, but I remember his heartfelt passion when he spoke. Every time I read or hear this passage, I see his face. He has been dead for 16 years, but he still is on my mind each time I think of this statement of Jesus…
“God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
I have scores and scores of favorite verses, passages of scripture that have become mile markers in my spiritual journey. I suspect that before my life is over I will have many more such special verses. As the Word of God encounters me in the ups and downs of life I will cherish different parts of Scripture that speak to me, shape my views, and challenge me to higher heights.
I look forward to what God will say to me next.
One thing I have learned is this…For you to have favorite Bible verses you have to be a student of the Bible. You need to do the following…
- Read the Bible. Do it consistently. Do it expectantly.
- Believe the Bible. Trust that God knows what he is doing and follow what he says in his Word.
- Apply the Bible. As the tread of our lives grips hold of the road of Scripture, let us follow the path it lays before us. Let’s obey its commands, believe its promises, adopt its views, and heed its warnings. When we do we see that his word is alive in us and that God is truly guiding.
Question: What about you? Do you have some favorite verses? If so would you share them with us? You never know, your verse just might become our favorite too. You can leave a comment by clicking here.