Favorite Verses

favorite versesIn the June 2016 Thrivent magazine, there was an article in which people related their favorite Bible verses and why they were so meaningful to them.

Here are some of them:

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 5:16

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. —2 Corinthians 1:3-4

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forever. —Psalm 125:2

Then came this verse:

The Lord turned to him [Gideon] and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?“ —Judges 6:14

This verse struck a chord with me in that moment because I was feeling over-busy and bedraggled. And the words “go in the strength YOU HAVE” really registered with me and gave me hope and confidence that I could accomplish the multiple tasks that laid before me. I may not feel the strongest I have ever felt, but God has given me the strength I DO have to do great things, which is something I need to be grateful for and remind myself of daily.

The other component of this verse that was a special comfort to me was the message from God that he is sending me. He knows what challenges he is releasing me to face and he would not abandon me to go it alone. He has faith in me to do the mission that he has for me and he knows more than I do myself perhaps what my capabilities are. And if I run into any trouble, he will be there to get me through it.

So every morning for the past week or so when I don’t feel much like getting up when the alarm goes off, I simply say to myself, “Go in the strength you have,” and that gets me moving to start the day.

What are your favorite Bible verses and why? Feel free to share them on this blog, if you wish. And feel free to share them with those around you. Your favorite Bible verse may be just what someone needs to hear.

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