Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
These verses from Proverbs are ones that I first identified as “life verses.” I discovered them when I was sixteen years old, when I learned that my family would be uprooting our lives to grow in a new land half-way across the world.
I remember being afraid, anxious, and yes, angry at how powerless I felt, since I had no say in this decision. In my prayers, I found myself asking God to give me a sign that my parents weren’t crazy! Those prayers then changed to asking the Lord to help me trust in His plan for me and my family. It was around this time that these verses from Proverbs jumped off the pages of my Bible and burned into my heart. I hung on to these words for dear life!
I remember those early days of praying these words at every turn, whether it was starting my junior year of high school; learning the ropes while getting ready for college literally the day after we arrived; or looking for an after-school job so I could help out at home. The spiritual practice of consciously putting my trust in Jesus was difficult. Somedays, it still is. But when I find myself getting anxious about the unknown or about plans I may have, the Lord brings me back to these verses so I can hold on to His promise to make my paths straight.
Over the years, I’ve added a number of verses to the “life verses” category, and I often find myself going to back to them. Do you have Bible verses that have become life verses for you? Do you have them memorized?
Memorizing Scripture comes in handy when my own words fail to capture what I’m trying to communicate to the Lord. Scripture proves to be a good reminder of God’s love for me, His pursuit of me; and it affirms His promise to never leave me nor forsake me. And in the case of Prov. 3:5-6, these verses bring comfort and remind me to put my trust wholly in the Lord, to humbly lean on Him and not on my limited knowledge. The Lord will be faithful to guide me according to His will and plan.
I pray that you too may hold in your heart the Scripture that the Lord gives you. May you cling to His promises when words fail.