Do you have a favorite Bible verse? One that you have memorized and can say no matter what, that you know where it can be found and in almost all circumstances is an encouragement to you? This is more than just Bible verses you have memorized, it is ones that have special meaning for you. That you can always turn to and remember God's love, His prsence with you. I have more than one of those verses.
One that I like is Phillippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That is one that I memorized at a young age and turn to when things look hard as a reminder that God will give me the strength I need. With Christ I can do more than realize.
Another one is Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." That was actually one that my whole family knows. That was the license plate of one of our cars.
One of my sisters likes to name cars, so that car was the Josh-mobile. It was actually her car for a while and was then passed on to me. Whenever I was asked about the license plate, I would have to explain what it meant. JSHUA 19 for a license plate does tend to invite questions.
Joshua 1:9 is another good reminder that God is always with us no matter what we are going through. Because of that we are able to stay strong in the face of adversity. That is a promise I hold on to.
We all have different Bible verses that we hold on to when we are struggling. Whatever your verse is, remember to hold on to it at all times. It may not be just one verse that you hold on to but several. Maybe they follow a theme for you, or maybe they touch you for the many situations you have dealt with in the past. Whatever your verses may be, hold on to them. They will always be a starting point for you of leaning on God and not yourself. Then be willing to turn to the Bible to find more verses for what you are going through. That is the joy of the Bible, it is still relevant to what you are facing today.
So what are your favorite Bible verses and what do they mean to you? It is good to have those verses memorized so what you need them, you can bring them to mind. I might have mentioned two verses, but I have many more that I like and turn to what I need some encouragement. They are always there for me wherever I am.
Jonathan Wisdom is the pastor at the United Methodist Church in Ransom, IL.