I’ve been feeling down about a situation in my life that seems hopeless and beyond my control. (I’ve finally let go of the illusion that I can control any circumstance.)
In the midst of battling negative thoughts and futile attempts to use food to make myself feel better, I decided to clean out a cupboard in the kitchen. In there I found a baggie that had pieces of paper in it. This collection of neatly folded papers had been on that shelf for years.
I remembered that they were Bible verses. Originally I think I may have printed out the verses to encourage myself years ago when I was in a crisis and took one out when it seemed that I had no strength to go on. Also I had used them in a group setting where I had each person pick out a verse to be encouraged.
I certainly needed some encouragement at that moment.
So I decided that for the next week I would pick out a verse each day and apply it to my situation. Here are the verses that I picked out for a week’s time.
Day 1 Is anything too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14 NIV
Day 2 Patience. Galatians 5:22 ESV (I remember sticking that piece of paper with that single word on it in the baggie at some point along the way.)
Day 3 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 KJV
Day 4 For You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. Psalm 18:28 KJV
Day 5 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want…He restores my soul…Psalm 23:1 & 3 NKJV
Day 6 Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit saith the LORD. Zechariah 4:6 KJV
Day 7 Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Each verse seemed perfect for the situation and just what I needed that day. Somehow having just one verse presented to me instead of quickly reading a chunk of the Bible halfheartedly seemed to make the verse so special. And something about “reusing” Scripture that had helped me in the best lifted my spirits. I prayed that God would give me grace to receive the promise connected with each Scripture.
Another verse came to mind as I thought about finding these Bible verses in my cupboard—especially since I had been busy eating food in recent days instead of God’s Word to deal with my heartache.
Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts (Jeremiah 15:16 NASB).
I especially like that this verse from Jeremiah ends with calling God “LORD God of hosts.” I remembered when studying the names of God that “the Lord of hosts” was a name that showed our God fights our battles for us. This is what I found online about Jehovah-Sabaoth—the Lord of Hosts that lifted my spirits even more:
“Throughout Scripture we find this LORD of Hosts as our ever present defender, the Sovereign and Holy God over all the universe who sees us, loves us and moves mountains on our behalf. He fights our battles, wins our wars and is the refuge we can run to in time of need. He is Jehovah-Sabaoth!” (Donotdepart.com) Wow!
Because I felt so encouraged after the week was over, I kept going. Next week I’ll let you know what those other verses are.
How about you? Are you going through a time of feeling discouraged? Why not pick out your favorite Bible verses and apply them to your situation. You might take the time to put them on paper and fold them, so you can look at them one day at a time for encouragement later.
Here is a song that brought me encouragement lately as well. God is so good.
“Hope In Front Of Me” by Danny Gokey (American Idol finalist)