The verses are packed with meaning for those who hold them as favored. They are the words of precious comfort and promise that provided encouragement through the most challenging times.
Every year as the old turns into the new, many will make a resolution to read and study their Bibles more diligently. This is a noble goal and one I wholeheartedly support. Definitely go for it!
In addition to your daily Bible reading and devotional time, take a few extra minutes once each week to focus attention on only one of your favorite verses.
Put that verse in front of you. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you fresh insight. Read it out loud a few times. And try to think of at least one way you can apply the verse in your life that week.
Don’t have a favorite verse? Bible Gateway reports that these are the five most frequently looked up verses of 2015:
- John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
- Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
- Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
- Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
- Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
If you don’t have a favorite verse, you can use these. Otherwise, simply add these to your current list of favorites.
Then, once a week, pick just one of these verses to meditate on, pray over, think about, and apply. Do this even if you fall behind on your regular Bible reading.
That’s it. That’s my challenge. In addition to any other Bible or devotional reading you do, set aside five to ten minutes on just one verse.
Pretty simple, isn’t it?
I’m convinced that if every Christian would intentionally live out and actively apply the truth of their favorite verses every day, their spiritual well-being would soar and world-changing would occur.
Don’t believe me? Then I dare you to give it a try this year!
Do you have any tips or tricks for improving Bible study? Helping to keep yourself on track with Bible reading? Share your thoughts in the comments!
And here’s a tip: One way to apply your verse could be to share the verse with someone and tell them what that verse has meant to you over the years. Again, simple!