This I know, that God is for me. — Psalm 56:9
I subscribe to a weekly meditation offered by Pastor Debbie Bronkema on her connect.faith website. In a midweek meditation she recalled a seminary professor, in one of her classes, pulling out a wrinkled piece of paper upon which he had written the above verse from Psalm 56.
The professor explained that from the first time he read that verse, he knew he would always carry it with him. He knew that the psalmist had written it during a painful, difficult period. Consequently, it served as a reminder to the teacher to trust God, regardless, and that was the way he wanted to live his life. He made it his foundation: “No matter what, I trust that God loves me, cares for me, wants the best for me.”
This prompted me to ask what would be a key verse(s) that I should claim, one that would provide direction and strength when they’re needed most. What instantly came to mind was from Isaiah 43:1-5–“Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine…I am with you.” I remember hearing those words arise from an inner voice during a time of silent reflection, and at first I didn’t recognize their source. I must have read them earlier, maybe for some miscellaneous sermon, and they simply bubbled up as I sat quietly. Regardless, they continue to serve as a foundation for hope.
So, what is your verse, one that helps you find solid footing during scary times? Spend some silence listening for God’s voice to give you one or two. Share it in the comments section below if you’d like.
Bible verses aren’t just words on a page. They manage to find themselves written into our souls.