manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.
Did you know that there are more than 31,000 verses in the Bible? Actually, according to Wikipedia, there are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament. Now I am certain that if I were to ask you which one was number 1, you most likely would know the answer. We have seen lucky number one on billboards, and even painted on the face of a particular football player who is pictured above! But do you have any idea which ones might be second or third or fourth? Well if you enter it into your web browser, you can pull up many lists compiled by people using different tools, and even using different versions of the Bible. One person checked hits on a kindle which offers a free download of the English Standard Version. And yet another compiled a list based on a survey taken of people who were between the ages of 40 and 70 and who preferred reading the King James version. I guess the real answer lies in whom you ask. Yes, there may well be tools available to measure this but the bottom line is, verse preference is subjective. The verses that touch my heart may not be the same ones that touch yours. However, rest assured that the verses that hold a special place within your heart will most likely stay with you for your lifetime! So rather than try to narrow down this subjective list for you, I will just take a moment to share with you the ones that mean the most to me!
John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- Genesis 1:1 NIV In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
- Genesis 1:27 NIV So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
- Philippians 4:13 NIV I can do all things do through him who strengthens me.
- Psalm 100:5 KJV For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
- Matthew 6:34 ESV Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I challenge you all to give some thought as to which ones are your favorite verses from the Bible. Which verses are the ones that come to your mind when you are talking with God as you pray? Which ones give you comfort when you are troubled? Can you think of the one you might choose when you want to say thank you to God for a special blessing? No doubt your choices will be much different from mine are and that is as it should be. I believe we all take from His word the things that we need for what it is He asks of us. You may feel special about verses relating to children if you are a teacher. Perhaps healing verses resonate with you doctors, nurses or other medical professionals out there. Whatever ones they are, they certainly hold an honored place in your heart and will always be there when you need the comforting caress that only they can provide. And perhaps now you might just be inspired to think about expanding your horizons a bit and choose a new verse to memorize. How about blowing the dust off your Bible, closing your eyes, opening to a random book and then just put a finger somewhere on the page. Now open your eyes, and read the wondrous thing you have discovered. Now expand your horizons! Memorize the verse and add it to your list of favorites that you hold within your heart! Grow with and in God’s word!
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23: 1-6 KJV
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