Have you ever noticed how certain verses stick with you? I mean, almost stick to you? Sometimes during my Bible reading I'll read a verse I'll realize that the passage I'm reading contains a "sticky" verse...or I might suddenly stumble upon it when I read the verses assigned to a devotional for the day...perhaps one of the verses just pops into my mind. For me, these aren't the verses that I've chosen to commit to memory, and they aren't usually the verses that so many of us know and love - the ones that speak of our salvation, our forgiveness, our great hope that comes through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The verses that "stick" to me are ones that I tend to need to ponder - like pieces of a puzzle, I have to invest some extra time to see how they fit together with my life.
The book of Job and the book of Jonah each contain some of my "sticky" verses. This week I've been reading in Job, and when I read the NLT version of Job 5:7, I actually caught myself quoting it to myself from the KJV. "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (NLT "People are born for trouble as predictably as sparks fly upward from a fire.")
Some of my other "sTiCkY" verses follow:
Ecclesiastes 5:19b - "To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life - that is indeed a gift from God."
Isaiah 40:11c - "He will gently lead those that are with young."
Ezekial 22:30 - "I looked for a man among them who would...stand in the gap..."
Jonah 2:8 - "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."
Micah 6:8 - "...and what doth the Lord require of thee? but to do justly,and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Matthew 6:34b - "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Matthew 13:57 - "And they were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household."
Matthew 17:17 -' "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me." '
Matthew 27:52-53 - "...and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead after Jesus' resurrection. They left the cemetery, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people."
Galatians 3:1 - "You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?"
2 Timothy 2:13 - "If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself."
Proverbs 11:25 - "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
These aren't verses I've intentionally memorized, but they are ones that I "know". I believe they are verses the Lord knows I need, and the Holy Spirit brings them to mind and makes them jump off the page when I read them in His Word. I might choose to memorize verses that I think would most benefit me - but God alone really knows what I most need. I imagine that if I were in charge of ensuring the composition of the air I breathe contained the correct amounts of oxygen, nitrogen and argon for me to remain alive, I would at one point or another "mess up" and breathe in air that was toxic to me. I can't really choose what's best for me - because the Word tells me that my heart is deceitful above all things.
So, in a very round about sort of a way, I guess what I'm trying to say is - I really like God's choices for me better than my own choices for me. And I really love these sTiCkY verses that He has impressed upon me. I'd love to know if any of you have verses like these - or if anyone has any ideas about why the Lord may have chosen the above verses for me. After all, sometimes I can't see clearly because of the log in my eye, and I'd be blessed by friends who could help me remove it :)
Now I'm off to say spend some time with my daughter who is the "Birthday Girl" today!
Day 13 done :)
Jan L. Burt