Here are some verses that I’ve come across, and have spoken to me in some way. I’ve been using the
YouVersion Bible app and have created some visuals for some of the verses.
Ecclesiastes resonates with me because King Solomon wrote about his behaviours and observations about a life pursuing his own selfish interests above God. He then circles back around to say that without Him, life is meaningless. Chapter three verse 11 resonates with me because it serves as a reminder that God’s timing is not my own.
This passage in Isaiah jumped out at me, and I interpreted it as personally needing to be in such a relationship with God that every part me wants to be close to Him.
Matthew 6:24 is always a good reminder to be careful where our priorities lie. It reminds me of a summary of the whole book of Ecclesiastes.
For a while I have been waiting on God’s timing for a certain thing (which I will not discuss here), but at the same time I am trying to make it happen on my own. It is tiring! I know I can’t force things to happen before God is ready, and this verse reminds me to just stop and rest in Him.
This verse spoke to me in a similar way as the one above.
Admittedly, I sometimes struggle with my convictions because they are so different from the world’s view. I need the reminder that comes in Romans 12:2.
We talked about this verse in church a few weeks ago and it really hit home for me. Some of our political leaders are making choices that I absolutely do not agree with, and have caused me great stress. It is hard to see how God is going to use those situations, so I needed to hear this verse as a reminder that He is, in fact, in control.
Here are more verses, but with no images, that I have been pondering.
“Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11
I don’t like to fail. Success is, and has been for a number of years, very important to me, and I feel like I always have to prove something to someone. I have tried to succeed in various pursuits, but have failed more than I care to admit. But you know what I realized? My failure is because I had selfish ambitions. I didn’t desire to succeed so I could give glory to God. I wanted success so I could say I had it! This verse reminded me that I will fail, unless God is my leader.
“For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands,” 1 Peter 3:5
I talked about submission recently but didn’t include this verse. I still like it though, because it clearly says “if you want to be a woman of God, respect His authority and that which he has given to your husband”.
What verses is God using to speak to you lately?