There are 31,103 verses in the Bible. To pick a verse or two out of the Bible to meditate on, preach or write about can be a daunting task. Where does one start? While I believe that the whole Bible is inspirational, a few verses speak to me a little more than others do. To inspire, according to Merriam-Webster** means “to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration.” Therefore, when I think of inspirational verses of the Bible, they must be verses that move a person to action or causes a change in a person. These inspirational Bible verses do just that for me. Some of the verses cause me to re-evaluate my way of living, some draw me closer to God, and some just keep me going. I hope they do the same for you.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”*
The first thing that draws me to these verses is the imagery of the “tree planted by streams of water…” In these troubled times of war, economic hardships, crime and scandal, it is reassuring to think of being able to “put down roots,” as the old saying goes. In today’s world, not many things are permanent. That new computer you are using will be outdated in a couple months. Fads come and go, fame is fleeting and who was that guy that sang that song everybody was talking about a couple months ago? This world is all about what is new, but God is consistent.
When life puts you through the ringer, God is there. When you feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you, God is there. To those who delight in His word and meditates on His law, he promises life and prosperity in whatever they do. Notice I did not say that God promises prosperity. This is not about wealth. When you make God and His word the passion of your life, your plans are going to be in step with His will and thus, they will prosper.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”*
One of the incredible things about this verse, to me, is the fact that God “knew” me. When I start to think of how insignificant my life is in the grand scheme of things, I begin to wonder how I could matter to the God that created the universe. Yet, Jeremiah 1:5 tells me that I was on God’s mind, before I was even formed in the womb! How could I not be inspired to draw near to the God who first thought of me? Not only did He know me, but the verse tells me that He has a purpose for me. I am not just some random lump of cells, cobbled together by fate. I was created with a purpose!
“but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”*
Probably one of the most inspirational verses in the Bible, Isaiah 40:31 reminds us that our strength is not found in ourselves, but in the Lord. When the burdens of this life have gotten us down, the Lord will renew our strength. When the world tells us to give up, the Lord keeps us going.
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”*
Some may find this verse an odd fit for this list. It is not spoken of like the others. You will not find it embroidered on pillows or burned onto a plaque on the wall, as you are likely to find the others. Regardless, this verse has inspired me to speak up when it comes to telling others about Christ.
The disciples Peter and John and had just been taken captive, threatened and released by the authorities. Now, I can imagine what the Bible means by “threatened”. I am sure it was a most unpleasant experience, after all, these were the same authorities responsible for the death of Jesus and now they were trying to silence Peter and John from sharing the gospel.
The Bible tells us that, after threatening Peter and John, they let them go. Peter and John went straight to the other disciples and they began to pray. Now, after going through what they went through, it would have been easy to run and hide. Instead, they prayed that they could be bolder in their preaching. They truly feared God more than man! What a lesson for all of us to learn when it comes to witnessing for Christ!
“For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.”*
All of us endure hardships, but unfortunately, some of us go through tougher or longer periods of hardships than others. I am thankful that I have not had to endure some of the hardships I have seen others go through! Sure, I can whine and complain with the best of them, but when I count my blessings, I know how truly blessed I really am. Nevertheless, when trials assail us, we have this promise found in Psalm 30:5, “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Whether in this life or the next… there will come a time when the weeping will cease! There will come a time when there will be no more disease, loss of loved ones, financial hardships, wars, crime, natural disasters or anything else to bring tears to our eyes. It will be a time when God himself will wipe the tears from our eyes… a time when loss will be turned to gain and weeping will be turned to rejoicing! What a great day this will be!
*New International Version 2010