Are you looking for something uplifting and encouraging? The Bible provides the inspiration that is needed for that. No other book contains so great a wealth of knowledge.
The word of God is powerful. It can change your life. But to be touched by God’s word in this way, you must keep God’s commandments, and exercise faith in what He has promised.
As a result of maintaining your faith and loyalty to God’s word, you will reap a harvest of joy in due time.
Perhaps you may feel like you’re in the dark about the direction of your life. If you will seek God with all your heart, you will receive the guidance you need. In fact, He made it simple for us. Just open the Bible and read. The wisdom is there.
Will you put your trust in God’s word?
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
—2 Timothy 3:16-17
Patience through the Trials
There’s no stronger foundation to stand on than God’s promises, no better purpose to fulfill than to do His will, and no safer refuge to run to than His word.
When trials come, some anxiously flip through the pages of the Bible in search of an encouraging Bible verse. When they find what they’re looking for, they put their trust in it for the moment and hope for the best.
But when things don’t turn out as they expect, they lose confidence in God’s word, assuming it doesn’t work, or that it simply doesn’t apply to them. Then they turn to other resources, godless counsel which puts them on a path leading to a destructive end.
What people often overlook when reading the Bible is that little word called, “patience.”
God’s promises are sure, but He fulfills them in His time. Not on our clock.
Those who wait on God will not only receive the very best in life, but also learn to have a greater appreciation for His blessing when it comes.
There have been times when I’ve looked back on dark periods of my life, moments which I believed served no other purpose but to cause me grief. In some cases I thought of such experiences as evidence that God wasn’t there to help me.
But now I see more clearly, how God masterfully weaved it all together to usher something better into my life. As a result, I am a stronger person, and have learned to love God even more.
No matter what you’re going through, be patient. God is not sleeping. Put your trust in Him, and He will get you through it.
9 Inspirational Bible Verses to Remember and Share
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
- Note: Jesus isn’t going to give us whatever we want just because we ask Him for it. He gives us that which is good. In fact, Jesus didn’t stop at the word “ask” but went on to say “seek,” and “knock.” These words, when linked together, imply transformation of heart, not merely a change of circumstances. It’s all or nothing with Jesus. If you want what is good, then you’re going to have to knock on the right door. And when you do, Jesus will open it to you. But you can’t stop there; you must go through that door, and never turn back in regret. What Jesus offers is far better than anything you will leave behind.
Isaiah 30:19b “He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.”
Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”
- Note: the Word of God is not to be treated as something we look to only when times are hard and we want something uplifting; it’s to be regarded as a guide for righteous living. Yes, God expects us to live righteously. This idea that He accepts us as we are and doesn’t expect us to change a thing about ourselves is false. Yes, God does accept us as we are, but not without the intent to change us for the good.
Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
- Note: Jesus wants to take our burdens away, to give us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isa 61:3). But we must draw close to Him in order for that to happen. We don’t just go to Him for a blessing, but to discover what it means to be a blessing.
Psalms 126:5-6 “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, will undoubtedly come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- Note: When we surrender our hearts to Christ, we cease to be what we were. The past is behind us; a new life has dawned. All those sins we’ve committed are washed away. God’s grace has taken hold of us, and will follow us all the days of our lives, as long as we continue to hold on to Jesus with our hearts.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
- Note: those who love God keep His commandments. If we continue to live in obedience to what God has instructed, we can be sure that, no matter what is happening in our lives, it will work out for the best. But we can’t expect that to happen without loving God.