I came to faith in Christ when I was nine and developed a hunger for God’s Word in my teen years when I began to grow in my faith asking questions and digging into Scripture for answers. God’s Word has been my guide ever since. I go to God’s Word when I need direction for a critical decision, when I need peace, when I am troubled, when I need hope when I feel hopeless, and simply yet profoundly to draw close to God. Because God’s Word is inspired by God, it equips us for life (see 2 Tim. 3:16–17).
God’s Word has given me direction in marriage, in parenting, in dealing with the death of my Mom, in counseling others, in making work decisions, and more. Through God’s Word, I have grown in my intimacy with God as I have seen more of His grace and love through Christ. It never ceases to amaze me that I can talk to God and He hears my prayers. God’s Word points to Jesus and the amazing truth of the gospel.
Here are a few verses from the Holman Christian Standard that have guided my personal life:
Beauty of marriage: “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.” (Gen. 2:24–25)
Don’t nag: “Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.” (Prov. 21:9)
Wisdom in parenting: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut. 6:5–7)
Fight for your family: “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and homes.” (Neh. 4:14b)
Being satisfied: “Lord, You are my portion and my cup of blessing; You hold my future. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Ps. 16:5–6)
Peace: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:27)
Loving others: “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:11–12)
Husband’s leadership: “Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. . . . To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.” (Eph. 5:22, 33)
Life focus: “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” (Heb. 12:1–2)
So many many more. What are some of the passages God has used in your life?