Has your favorite Bible verse ever changed? I'm sure mine did from the time I was a kid. When I was younger, my favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 but that was mainly because it was one of the few I knew. It wasn't until I was older and I started digging into the Word that I found my favorite bible verse. Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
It wasn't until I was doing a bible study recently that my favorite Bible verse changed again. Now, don't get me wrong, I still love Jeremiah 29:11 and what that represents and that will always be a verse that I hide in my heart. Jeremiah 29:11 brings me hope that even when things may not be going the way I want them to, God still sits on his throne. As long as I am trying to live the best Christian life I can, God will handle any situation that comes my way. My new favorite bible verse hits me on a much deeper level.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5
I have struggled with anxiety for approximately 6 years. My biggest hang ups with my anxiety are the feelings that tell me that I am unwanted. That no one wants to be my friend. That I'm just a burden to everyone around me. There have been times that I felt like no one wanted me around, even my own family. That's why this verse struck something in me.
The first word in this verse. “God.” The creator of the universe. God chose to adopt “us.” That includes me. God chose to adopt me into His family through Jesus. He loved me enough to send His only Son to earth to die for us so he could adopt me. It goes on to say that He wanted to! Not that He had to, but it was something he wanted to do. And not only that, but it brought Him GREAT pleasure. Wow!
When I have days where I feel like nobody wants me around, I open up my bible to verse and read it over and over again and joy fills my heart. If the God of our universe, the creator of all things, the One who was, is, and yet to come wants me, then how can I feel lonely or unwanted?
What about you? What's your favorite bible verse? Comment below. I would love to read it!