Think you for all of your great comments yesterday. I learned from everyone’s insights and would like to see more! Please forward the blog information on to anyone who may be interested.
I don’t have a ‘life verse’ per say. I know many people who do but I have never been able to pick one verse that encapsulates all that I live out in God. I do have three verses that I use as guideposts for my faith and that I use for daily reflection:
Exodus 33:11 (My RELATIONSHIP verse) Reminds me that when I come daily into a ‘place’ of meeting with God he is there, alive, inviting me into a personal conversation with Him, face to face like a friend not distant like a god. He is always available, He knows me, He longs to connect with me and make His presence known to me.
1 Samuel 2:19 (My OBEDIENCE verse) Reminds me that I have committed myself to complete, sacrificial obedience to the One who calls me. As a mom, I know that Hannah longed for Samuel as she carefully made him a little robe each year but she did not question the will of God, but obediently gave Him what was his with prayer and rejoicing even when it hurt.
Mark 5:27-28 (My FAITH verse) Reminds me that the magnitude of my faith is inline with the magnitude of my calling when I am in a desperate pursuit of Jesus.
I love the mental picture of v.27, 28 “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought “If I just touch his clothes I will be healed”. When I am feeling lost, desperate, alone, hopeless or helpless I remind myself that if I press through whatever is crowding me out and can get close enough just to touch the very tip of the hem of his garment He will call me out of the crowd and restore me. What is most amazing is that He will use me as an instrument for revealing His glory when I publicly seek Him out. He is the source of my healing and restoration.
I’m hoping that some of you bible scholars can leave some teaching comments about his cloak, tassels, healing wings, etc. (David Hutzko preached a great message on Mark 5:21-43 some time ago at Warren Woods Church of the Nazarene. Check the site for the recording if it is still available http://www.wwnazarene.org/). Also, if you have a life verse, or guide verses share them in the comments. I would love to hear them.