Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This is for the perfectionists out there (myself included). We all fall short. Period. No way around it. Because of sin. Be gentle with yourselves when you do sin. Ask for forgiveness and give it to God. He knows. He understands. He forgives. He loves. Then move on with your life. Quit living in the past or the vicious ‘what if” cycle that only saps your energy and your mind. Embrace the here and now. The rest is dust.
Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Most people read this verse as the reason there is no excuse to know God (I posted on this HERE if curious). What I want you to see in this verse is how God is everywhere, always, in nature, in everything on this planet. All you have to do is look. And He is there. Appreciate Him. Every moment of every day. Cause one day the life you know will end.
1 Peter 2:9: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Two points here:
You are special. If you’re an adult, you don’t hear this enough. Children have praise heaped upon them all the time for the minutest little things. Adults do not (even at work we’re not praised a lot). So I’m here to tell you: you are special. You are chosen. You are loved. You are holy. You are God’s. You have a purpose. You are living the life God wants you to lead.
We should always be grateful God has called us into the light. When times are bad and circumstances are spinning out of control and we are feeling overwhelmed by all of these things in our lives that we can’t control, remember it could be worse; infinitely worse. You could be walking in the dark. For all of eternity. Praise Him now for his mercy and goodness.
Genesis 50:20: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
This is Joseph telling his brothers that what they did to him (threw him in a hole, sold him into slavery, landing in jail and all the other resulting hardships he had to endure as a consequence) were God’s plan. Man intends evil; God intends good. God brings good out of bad intentions. Joseph forgave his brothers and left judgement to God.
This is a reminder to all of us that despite the crap circumstances we may find ourselves in, God has a plan and it is for good. Sickness, death, tragedy, loss of a limb, senseless violence, financial troubles, bankruptcy, emotional trauma, depression, or overall sense of being lost in this chaotic world, God is there and He is working for good in our troubles. Have faith. Trust in Him. He will do the rest.
Colossians 3:12: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Focus on every word here: We are God’s chosen people to be by His side for all of eternity, thus being holy and dearly loved by Him. As such, we need to be compassionate towards others, show kindness, be humble and gentle and patient. If we could just remember this one verse throughout our day, imagine how our lives and the lives of those around us would be changed. He would be the center. And those around us would be drawn toward Him as we shine God in all that we do.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
As some of you know, I’ve been on a job search lately. A job that works for my family and yet affords me an opportunity to do more with my life. On Wednesday, I received an offer for an accounting position for a start-up company. Part-time to start. More responsibilities as the company grows. It pays little; but I’ll learn a ton! I’m very excited.
This verse came to mind to comfort all those on the search for a job or a new career or direction in life. Find comfort in God who knows all and will lead you wherever He wants you in His time. Trust Him. That’s all He asks of you.
Psalm 3:3: “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”
The Lord is our protection from the pain and hurt of this world. Recently, I’ve been hurt by a friend who was too afraid to tell me the truth. But I took refuge in God’s shield around me–in the One True God who lifts up my head and shines upon my face. Nothing else matters. Nothing.
I was thinking what I could do to stay in the Word during the summer and devotionals came to mind. But simple devotionals. Something to keep those of us who struggle without accountability accountable. And blogging here with you all will help me (and I pray you all too) immensely.
So three times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri baring vacations) I’ll post one Bible verse and a small commentary. My goal is to keep it short, simple, and pithy. Not to be overwhelming during the summer when we’re all going in a dozen different directions in one day. But just a brief pause to contemplate Him and what He’s doing in our lives. I hope you find this helpful and feedback would be immensely appreciated.
“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Difficulties don’t last; they are transitory. My grandmother always used to say in 6 months you’re problems today will be gone, most likely replaced with something else. So quit worrying, give your sorrows, pain, and trouble up to Him and let it go.