For a large portion of my Christian journey I struggled to really enjoy reading the Bible. Sounds shocking maybe to some of you, but it’s the truth. I didn’t really find my groove in it until this past year. I think so often we try to bulldoze through the entire book and wonder why we aren’t getting anything out of it, or feel like we are cramming for an exam the night before. We are all different and our relationships with God and His Word are different. I’m finding that looking up verses according to a topic I am interested in, devotionals, and small snippets like these Daily Pictures are what work for me best. It might be different for you.
This particular quote spoke to me because sometimes the Bible can seem daunting. So often we can approach the book as a last resort feeling like we need to find the right magical scripture and all will be well. But instead if the groundwork of our lives is built on knowing these words in good times and bad, we will be in better shape because we will have points of reference already instead of starting from scratch and becoming frustrated. God already has it all figured out. His Word is a way of proving it through stories, advice, and examples of His character. It serves as a reminder that He can be trusted because He’s gone before us and stands outside of time.
I hope you are encouraged by these words and will read some additional scriptures below and find what works for you so that you are routinely renewing your mind with His Word and reminding yourself to trust Him.
Ephesians 1:11-12 ” It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Isaiah 51.16 “I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand—I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’””
Psalm 130:5 “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
Hebrews 7:25 “Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.”
Romans 15:4 Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.
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