Do you have a life verse?
August 18, 2008 | My Jottings
My life verse is Job 23:12.
I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread. (NIV)
A life verse is a verse or passage from the Bible that is very significant for you. Some people choose a life verse because it was that scripture that cut through the darkness and revealed to them their need for Christ. Some choose a particular verse for the hope and encouragement it speaks into their specific circumstances. Another may feel a certain passage truly sums up what God has done in her life. And then there are people who choose a life verse because that’s what they hope to see become a reality in their lives, through God’s love and power. This is why Job 23:12 is a verse I’ve memorized and have clung to for years now. It isn’t a full reality in my life yet. But I want to someday be able to look back at my life and point to Jesus and say with confidence, “Through His mercy and constant care and enabling patience, I have not turned away from His ways; He has caused me to truly love the brilliance and wonder of His Word more than even the food I crave every day.”
Some days my life verse is a concrete reality for me. When I sit in my chair in the mornings and ask God to speak into my dry and needy life as I open His Word, the ways in which He often does that are so personal and amazing that I cry and marvel all at once.
Other days I sadly feel that I have treasured my daily bread more than the words of His mouth. So I would say that God is beckoning me to allow this verse to become a scripture that accurately sums up my life. Does it now? No. But will it someday? I sincerely pray that it will.
Do you have a special verse or passage in the Bible that is significant to you? If you are a Christian and don’t have a “life verse”, I encourage you to ask God to give you one. Ask Him to show you in the way that only He can, what scripture He wants to bring to completion in your life. Then perhaps you could memorize that verse, post it in various places in your house, to help you keep it in the forefront of your mind, and begin to rehearse it over and over. Whatever we most rehearse in our minds is what we will end up believing, and what we believe is what we live. I want my rehearsals, my beliefs and my living to be a little different these days.
One of the hardest things about walking with Jesus in our culture is turning down the volume of the world enough to hear His whispers. When I’m up and running in the morning, getting medications and lunches and laundry going for our foster care gals, it seems so hectic that even before an hour has passed I feel weary. But if I will carefully tune my ear to Him, I can sometimes hear Him whisper. I live for those times.
If you read this post, will you share what your life verse is with me? You don’t have to post it as a comment if you don’t want to, but it might be encouraging to someone else if you do. E-mail if you prefer. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if He whispered something personal to you from His Word, something that was on His heart about you and the days He has numbered for you?
Learning to listen,