Do you have a life-verse? I mean is there a Bible scripture that stands out from all others for you. Many people can quote specific scripture and will say,” this is my life-verse”. It’s a passage of scripture that has guided their life in some way and usually it’s a passage that they return to over and over.
Like many others, I had a few scripture passages that I might have called my favorites when I was young, but it wasn’t until I was 40 years old that I reached a point in life where God used a passage of scripture to speak to me and change my life. I accepted Christ at the age of 12, but I didn’t understand what it meant to have a close personal relationship with Him. Although I knew the Lord, I still tried to live life in “my” way and when “my” plans failed and I was exhausted and tired of trying to do things on my own, I cried out to God and finally surrendered all to Him. It was at this time in my life that God spoke to me three times through the same verse.
Jeremiah 29:11 became my life-verse. For the first time in my life, I truly understood that God did have a plan for me and that He was only waiting for me to give up “my” will, “my” plans and allow Him to direct my paths.
I’ve learned that Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite for many people and it is quoted often. This verse will always be a reminder to me that it’s not my plans or my will, but God’s plans and His will for my life that are important.
A few years later at a time when I was seeking the Lord and desiring to grow closer in my walk with Him, He led me back to Jeremiah 29. This time God spoke to me through Jeremiah 29:13.
Many times God reminds me that if I will seek Him with my whole heart, I will find Him. At times when it seems that God is far off, I have to do a heart check and see if I’m truly seeking Him with all my heart, or is my heart divided between God and my own desires. I love this verse because it reminds me that God wants all of me and He is never far off when my heart is set on Him.
Recently, God has shown me a new life-verse. I’m not even sure of all that God wants me to learn from this scripture yet, but He has brought me to this verse many times over the past several months and I even used it as the tagline for this blog. It’s Micah 6:8.
Over the past year, I’ve had a lot of questions about God’s plans for the future because a chapter in our life is closing. God is leading us to leave the mission field and return to the United States. What does the Lord require of [me]? God requires that I act justly — that I treat others fairly. God requires that I love mercy — which means that I extend mercy to others, just as God has been merciful to me. God requires that I walk [live] in a humble manner as I walk with Him. As I said, I’m not sure what all God really wants me to learn from Micah 6:8, but for this stage of my life, this is my life-verse and the simple instructions from God’s Word that I am trying to follow.
What’s your life-verse?