Do you have that special verse that always seems to encourage your heart? Or perhaps it’s an Biblical event that reassures you that no matter what you are going through that the Lord is watching over you. For some people, a special song stirs their heart and brings joy and peace. Each time the Lord uses this distinctive verse or story, He comforts you in ways that only another believer could understand. Moreover, the wonderful thing is that two people may have the same verse or story but how the Lord uses it will be completely different. How can that be? The reason is simple that as we know, no two people are the same. Our life’s experiences may be similar but how they affect us varies from person to person.
When trials come, it is easy to become fearful and weary. Often, without realizing it, we rush here and there trying to figure out what our next step should be, but then the Lord reminds us of this one verse. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Waiting on the Lord is one of the hardest things in the world to do and yet, when we obey and wait for Him, we discover just how much He cares and loves us. We find a strength that we know doesn’t come from within, but a divine strength that empowers us to stand even in the face of adversity.
For others their heart is stirred by this simple verse; John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This verse holds so much promise and love. When we see our name in the place of certain words such as “For God so loved me,” the verse becomes personal and intimate as we walk with the Lord. As the saying goes, “I know that I know that I know … that no matter whoever doesn’t want or accept me on earth that my Heavenly Father has always loved and wants me and always will.”
Sometimes a Biblical account that happened long ago reminds us of His protection and guidance even in the hardest of times. Joseph endured so much hardship in his short life. He suffered betrayal, hatred, and misunderstandings by the very people who should have loved him. Unfortunately, his suffering did not stop there. He was unjustly imprisoned, maligned, and forgotten. But then he saw the hand of the Lord move on his behalf. From the dungeon to the palace of Pharaoh, Joseph saw the hand of his God Jehovah move. Joseph’s brothers meant harm, but the Lord used it for His glory. He made a way through Joseph’s hardships to prepare for His people’s future. Take a moment and examine your own life. Have you ever seen the Lord use those hard times in your life to minister to others later? No matter how horrible or hard things become in our life, when we seek after the Lord with all our heart, He will take these events and use them for His glory.
Maybe a song touches your heart. “Jesus Paid it All” has touched countless hearts for generations. No one could ever pay the price of your sin or mine. Who else would take the suffering that Jesus did on your behalf? Many brave souls have stood in the path of danger, but not even one was without sin except our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the Spotless Lamb of God that came to carry the sins of the world to the cross. With every lash, punch, hair plucked out, the Lord paid for your shortcomings, your sins and transgressions. At the cross, He paid it all. ? He paid it all out of love for you.
How the Lord touches your spirit and heart is unique you. You are special to Him. His love has waited for you down through the ages and no one can fill your spot in His heart. Hold on to His promises. Hold on to all that He has shown you. He has never turned His back on you and He never will. You are His and no one can every remove you from His hands. You are loved.