“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37
I’ve had to get through some pretty things in life and anyone who has ever had some amount of hardship can understand why this verse is empowering. It’s easy to focus on the bad and not look at trying to overcome whatever is going on in life. Things that seemed impossible suddenly become not so bad. Though in no way does it mean that they will be easy to overcome.
God is telling me that with faith in him and myself as well as hard work, I can achieve things that once seemed impossible.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
This verse matters because God says that we go to heaven, and have everlasting life.
God loves us all.
“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5
At college was the first time that I ever met a person who did not believe in God, or at least openly shared their disbelief. I was often given reasons as to why it did not make sense for God to exist. Some reasons were rather convincing. But faith is not about having proof – it’s about believing when not everyone does and when given evidence to the contrary. God did and does not want me to blinding follow the reasoning of men but to have faith in him. However, he is not telling me to dismiss what others believe but to find the truth in myself and in him.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
To me it means that with the Lord you have the courage and strength to get through anything.
There are times in my life were I am not sure what I am doing, were everything is going, when things are going to get better, and will I have enough money for gas, bills, and food for my kids. It is these times that I feel lost, abandoned, and on my own.
When feeling alone I can feel something pushing me forward; a force telling me to stay strong and not to be scared. A feeling of calm takes over. I not only have the best support system and a family that is willing to help out whenever I need it but the strength that God gives me to be courageous keeps me going from day to day. My troubles may not be as great as many people, but they seem even smaller when I have the Lord with me.
“Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God…showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Exodus 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments)
This is my favorite passage. Why? Because it tells us how to live!
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
God created everything. When people say, “It was better way back when, people were better, less crime, kids respected their parents, etc; now people sin more- the world is going to hell in a hand basket”; I am assured by this verse that many things seem to be new simply because the past is easily glorified. The old ways reappear in a new guise.
Don’t lose hope because God never gives up on us. When we think our lives are going wrong and that we or others have done something terrible or unimaginable; God is not surprised. Nothing surprises God. God is in control.