Lately, I’ve been wanting to do posts about different aspects of my life and of Christianity, particularly some relying on God and resting ...

Thoughtful Thursdays: Verses for Early 2018

Lately, I’ve been wanting to do posts about different aspects of my life and of Christianity, particularly some relying on God and resting in His peace (the main lessons He has been teaching me lately). But to be honest, I just don’t have the time or ability to pull these thoughts together as thoroughly and accurately as I would like to. Maybe someday I’ll go in-depth into some of these experiences and my life as of late, but for right now, since I wanted to start doing more Christianity posts, I decided I’d just start where Christianity does: in the Word of God.

That said, here are a few of my favorite passages for the beginning of 2018.

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Isaiah 30:18-22: I’d read this passage several times before, but about a month ago, I had an experience that made me feel like I was reading it for this time. I had spent weeks waiting on things that were really important to me and, frankly, life just hadn’t gotten my way in a while. I’d had a lot of fails and almost no success; I was tired, and I was angry, and every little thing irritated the crap out of me. I kept trying to trust in God and then forgetting and failing again… and again… and again. I was irritated with my circumstances, but even more irritated with myself for constantly yo-yoing with my faith.

And then one morning, when all of my emotions just hit the fan, I happened to be on this chapter in my daily Bible Study. Even though I know there’s a specific, historical context, it just felt like these verses were written specifically for me. They spoke to exactly where I was right then: circumstances whirling out of my control, and I had to just wait on Him, to “be gracious to me,” to provide the things I thought I needed, and to show me the things I needed to do. I had to give up my idols of control and fear and overwork, and put all of my trust where it belonged: in the one I claimed as my Lord.

For the Lord is a God of Justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him

Philippians 2:13: This one is especially encouraging to me because of all the (aforementioned) times I fall and fail. He’s still working on me, and that’s why I so desperately want to please Him. As I keep striving, keep sprinting towards that goal, He’s working in me, providing that supernatural power to actually do these things as well, to trust in Him, to wait on Him, and to be able to witness to others. Honestly, to me, the thought that God is working on me—and sees me as worth working on—is really pretty cool. 😊

For God is working in you
Giving you the power
And the desire
To do what pleases Him

Psalm 119:41-42: The only answer I need is trust in His word. The knowledge that He is God, He is the Mighty One, and He will make the way I actually need in His due timing.

Let Your steadfast love come to me, oh Lord
Your salvation according to Your promise
Then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me
Because I trust in Your word.

1st Peter 5:6-11: I’ve probably been reading this one regularly for almost a year now, but it’s just such an incredible passage. Parts of it are talked about it often (verses 7 and 8, in particular), but I think they’re even more meaningful when you read them together as one.

Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand
Trust Him with all of Your fears
Stand firm; resist the devil
You are not alone
In due time, the God of all grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
To Him be honor and glory forever and ever.
Amen.

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Hope you enjoyed the post! What are some verse that have encouraged you lately? Would you like to see posts like this more often? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I will see you in the comment section!




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3 comments:

  1. These really resonated with me, Thanks for sharing these!

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  2. You should definitely do some more like this.... it's always fun finding new verses/ seeing what they mean to others :) For awhile my go-to scripture was Psalm 42. And then I was enjoying Ecclesiastes for awhile :)

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  3. These were pretty helpful verses. I've been finding myself out of the loop these days. I do like the verse Exodus 14:14.

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