Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Well Versed Hope

     Recently, there has been a new Facebook "tag challenge" circling among my social networking friends. The idea behind this challenge is that if you are tagged in a status, you must post your favorite Bible verse and engage others in the challenge. Honestly, I don't really think it should be that much of a challenge for Christian people to share with others their favorite verses, but at any rate, I have loved seeing my Facebook feed filled with the encouraging, enlightening Word of God. As was bound to happen, someone tagged me in this challenge a few days ago, and yesterday, I realized I hadn't even given it a second thought, so with that, I began to earnestly ponder what my favorite Bible verse is, and here is what I came up with: I don't have one.

     It's horrible, I know. Here I am, a God-fearing, Christian (insert other "churchy" adjectives) woman, and I don't even have a favorite Bible verse! Please, allow me to explain. 

     The first passage that came to mind when I sincerely began thinking about my favorites was the very first scripture I remember memorizing: trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6.) I also thought about Ezekiel 16, God's song of redemption to my soul or Psalm 91, His overwhelming promise of protection. I realized that at different points in my life, these verses had been my favorite, but for now, they were not. Currently, I've held Psalm 23 close to my heart, reminding my soul that God takes care of every piece of me, but even those verses didn't seem to fit the description. It was then that my truth hit me; I don't have a favorite, but there is a very good reason why. I can't choose just one favorite verse because the verse that captures my heart today may not have the same effect a month for now. The reason for this is plainly explained in the Bible itself:

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Hebrews 4:12

     The Word of God is alive. It is powerful. It exposes everything I am. It separates my spirit from the rest of me. This means that because I am an ever-evolving human being, the Word of God is ever-evolving in my life. The same is true for you! God's Word doesn't sit stagnantly waiting for someone to come stir it up; It does the stirring up in our lives. It teaches us about the character of God; It lays out the promises God has given to His children, and It opens our hearts to receive direction from the Holy Spirit. The Word is absolutely everything we need in each individual moment of our lives. When we seek out what God's Word has to say about our situation, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us answers in the scriptures that once seemed hidden, a treasure tucked away for that precise circumstance in our lives.  Whatever we are in search of, we can find it in the Word of God.

     It is most certainly more than acceptable to have a favorite Bible verse (or even to have many,) but it's also exciting to realize that while one verse may give us the hope we need for a moment, we have over 31,000 verses filled with hope to help us whenever, wherever, whatever. What we are going through in life today may not be the same struggle we have tomorrow, and when tomorrow comes, God's Word will reveal to us a fresh perspective on how to handle that new situation. Regardless of where we are or what we are dealing with, God's Word is alive and has the power to transform our circumstances, direct our paths, and change our hearts. It truly is everything we could ever want or need.

1 comment:

  1. It is so true; I have many that are my favorite. I posted the one I stand on the most :) Pamela Britt Malone