I absolutely love God’s Word. It’s truly incredible! So many times I have found the challenges I needed when I needed to be challenged in his Word; the comfort I needed when I needed to be comforted; the guidance I needed when I needed some guidance.
Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
So true! So many times in my life I have found that to be true again and again. I can’t image not having God’s Word in my life, challenging me and comforting me and guiding me.
There are several passages in God’s Word that I love to read over and over again. I refer to them as my “go-to” passages. And no matter how many times I read these “go-to” passages, they continue to speak to me each time I read it. Passages such as Psalm 138, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 2:1-10 and 5:1-21, Philippians 4:4-13, and 1 Peter 5:6-11. There are definitely other passages of scripture that are powerful and have spoken to me in amazing ways before (really, all of scripture is powerful), but these ones are at the top of my list.
At the very top of my list, my ultimate “go-to” passage, is Colossians 3:1-17. I love reading that passage of scripture…in fact, I try to read it on a daily basis. So much is packed in that passage that speaks to me; challenging me, comforting me, and guiding me.
It provides me guidance by sharing what my focus needs to be on, what I need to avoid, and what should be included in my life. It provides me comfort by reminding me that my life is hidden with Christ in God, that the Lord has forgiven me, and that Christ gives me peace. And it challenges me by calling me away from what will only distract me from living for God and shows me how I can live and act righteously in this life.
There’s a lot that can distract me or steal my focus from God in this life, there’s a lot of things in this life that can bring me down and make me feel despair, and there’s plenty of chances to not live or act righteously in this life. This passage continues to provide me the challenge, comfort, and guidance I need when faced with the circumstances of life that make me want to act or react in ways I shouldn’t.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:1-17)
What about you? What are some of your “go-to” passages? Why are they your “go-to” passages? How do they comfort, challenge, and/or guide you in this life to live for God? Feel free to comment and share…I’d love to hear what your “go-to” passages are and why.