In the words of my favorite childhood band, SuperChick – “We’ve been down to the bottom, stories we got ‘em when we hit rock bottom.” We all have had times in life where we needed Scripture to help us keep pushing forward and thank God for His word, ‘cause it pulled through every time. Here are the top five of my favorites:
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
I memorized this verse in a time when perfect peace seemed completely unattainable. I would just repeat this verse over and over again until my peace returned. If we can fix our thoughts on Jesus, He will do the rest for us!
Lamentations 3:25-26 (NLT)
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
No one likes to wait, but most people don’t like to wait quietly. Often, we are like the kid who was promised a popsicle only a second ago but is already bouncing around the room, screaming “WHERE IS MY POPSICLE,” at the top of his lungs. This is a reminder that the Lord really is good to those who depend on him, and, if we wait quietly with no complaints, he will pull through every time.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Some people say, “Don’t pray for patience,” when they’re scared of what they may have to go through to get it. I say, pray for it. Get all the patience that you can muster so that you may be perfect, complete, and lacking nothing. Just be prepared for the pain that comes along with it.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward [c]us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The Lord is longsuffering toward us, thankfully! We all need it. Where would we be without his long suffering goodness?
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
This is a verse that many would consider to be a “Christian Stereotype.” But, truthfully, there should be no stereotype when it comes to God’s word. If we will only wait, the Lord will renew our strength. Too many times we try to run back out into “battle” when we aren’t ready. If we will allow the Lord to renew strength we will win every time.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve flipped my bible open to one of these scriptures to read it over and over again until it was ingrained in my mind. The Word of God is our weapon and if we use it wisely, many of the trials we face will be endured with much more strength and hope. If you’re reading this, it’s your sign to flip open your Bible and find the scripture you need to keep pressing onward!