Monday, September 24, 2012
FAVORITE VERSES SERIES: Starting at the Beginning
Sometimes we make false assumptions, and it seems that I am guilty of having done such in my post last week "Do You Have a Favorite?". In it, I asked readers to share their favorite Bible verses, the ones that really encourage them or get them through life's toughest times. While I didn't expect every reader to leave a favorite verse in the comment section, I was shocked that not even one reader shared. Eventually, one person shared via Twitter, but that was it.
This tells me a couple of things. First, it is possible that my readers haven't enjoyed God's word in depth enough to actually have a favorite verse. Second, if they do have a favorite verse, they don't fully appreciate the strength of the Word and the impact of sharing it with others.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) we are taught, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." There is tremendous power in God's Word! When we are down, it lifts. When we are confused, it clarifies. As my friend, Margo, so often reminds, "The Bible is the only book that reads us as we read it!" I frequently pray to be a sharp tool in God's hand, and that effectiveness only comes through His Word. I can't do special needs parenting (or any parenting for that matter) on my own. I need Him to make it happen.
Knowing that I am not the only one in this position, I urge you to start at the beginning with me. Once a week, on a Monday, we'll enjoy a new entry for our "Favorite Verses Series". We'll cover a new verse that just may become your favorite. We'll examine the verse and explore how it impacts our living today. We'll learn how it equips us to be the best parent of a child with special needs.
Today's verse, Genesis 1:1, is probably the first Bible verse my children ever learned. Years ago, when life had caved in on me as it never had before, it was the only truth I could hang onto. What does it tell us? First, when there was nothing else, there was God. That is no less true today. When everything falls apart, God remains as our help, our love, our rebuilder. Second, He created. When the world wants to demean our personal value or the value of our precious children, we can find immense purpose in the fact that we are God's creation. His fingerprints are all over us. We are His image-bearers. Third, He created what we see in front of us as well as that which is out of reach. God is to be trusted because all of creation is in His hands. What is beyond us is not beyond Him.
Marinate on the value of this verse that may have otherwise seemed simple to you. Treasure this in your heart for the days when life is beating you up. And share this verse with others who could be blessed by it. Scripture memory is a wise pursuit. Challenge yourself to have this verse memorized by the time we have a new one next Monday.
I pray that this blesses you and that you are excited about our Scripture journey together.
PRAY: Lord, your Word is life! Let me discover it and treasure it always.