Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gems -- verses that inspire us


We humans have a saying, that something is like a "diamond in the rough;" a gem that is somehow not easily seen. It can be obscured by dirt on its surface, or it can be only partially exposed in a vein within a mine.

Each time we "mine" for verses in the Bible, we find gems. They may not be easily visible to us, or they may not be completely exposed to us, but with the Spirit's help, we can know these verses for what they are. They may exhort us to do better in some aspect of our lives; they may comfort us in a time of peril or stress. They may give us words when we are so joyful that words don't come easily.

Luke 17:20-21 was a gem for me recently -- here's the thought: He is with us!  Now!

                      Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would
                      come, He answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming
                      with signs to be observed, nor will they say, "Look, here it is,"
                      or, "There!" for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of
                      you.

Have you found a gem lately that you can share with us?

1 comment:

Cathy said...

This has been a prominent gem through most of my Christian life. I would call it my "life verse". Do you have a "life verse"? I return to it time and time again, especially during the times of fibromyalgia flare ups, as is happening currently.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. The shall mount up on wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint"
Isaiah 40:31
Now, I don't expect to be able to run without growing weary, not in this life,... in fact running doesn't happen much at all. But it does promise that the weariness will pass, if only in glory, which is something to look forward to.