Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Power of a Personal Verse
"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."
In my days as a Christian, I have faced a number of challenges that seemed impossible when they stood right in front of me, staring me straight in the eye. Losing friends and loved ones, accepting things that I had no control over, allowing God's plan for me to have precedence over my own plan, knowing that it was He who created me...These things are not easy for me, nor do I believe they are for any Christian. I think it is perfectly healthy to struggle sometimes with the things that God allows life to throw your way. However, eventually, as Christians, it is our job to come to terms with God's design, even if at that moment it doesn't seem to make sense.
When I am dealing with a situation that I don't understand or feel that I can't possibly get through on my own, the verse I posted here comes to mind. This is perhaps my favorite verse, if only because it strengthens my faith and my resolve in my moments of weakness. Being reminded that the God of the universe is my ally, I know that I have nothing to fear and, as my parents often say, "this too shall pass."
Isaiah 40:8, which I like to think of as "my verse" may not have the same empowering feel for you as it does for me, but I think that we all have some verse that we relate to and call on when we need it. If you haven't found one of your own or if you simply want to add another to the list, I hope that this will come to mind.