Today, I am grateful for a series of passages in the Bible that I have come to consider “life verses”. Whenever I come across such a verse, I make a note of it. I keep a log of lots of different verses – one log is called “Wisdom from the Psalms”; another is called “Proverbs to Live by”; and I have an assortment of verses saved as images via the Bible app.
Each day, I follow my church’s Bible reading plan. This plan is not unique to my church; my understanding is that it’s one of those “read-the-Bible-in-a-year” plans that many other congregations follow. In addition to the prescribed reading plan, I also make a point to read a chapter of Proverbs, along with five chapters of from the book of Psalms each day. I find that Proverbs helps me with my day-to-day relationships in a meaningful way, and the readings from Psalms remind me that my heart and my mind need to be totally dependent on God.
Anyway, I was reviewing some notes today, and came across this passage of Scripture from Psalm 34:14 (ESV):
“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
So I’ve decided that I will pepper this gratitude blog with some of my favorite life verses, from time to time.
This passage from Psalm 34 really speaks to me because the directive is clear. We are to intentionally decide to steer clear of evil, and then follow this conviction up with action (“turn away”). Next, we must focus our minds on peace, and then direct all of our efforts toward attaining it (“seek peace and pursue it”).
In my mind, this is a lifelong process. However, consider how different the world would be if each of us took this one verse to heart! If every person made a decision to turn away from evil, and instead to embrace peace, the world as we know it would be utterly transformed.
So here is my prayer for today: Thank You, Lord, for giving me these precious life verses. I look forward to reviewing them with You again, and learning new insights from You about how You want me to navigate this path called life. Thank You also for my Bible. I know that there are scores of people who went before me who gave their very lives so that I may have access to It. May I never take this Precious Resource for granted. Finally, remind me to follow this mandate from Psalm 34:14 – to turn away from evil, and to seek peace and pursue it. Thank You for revealing this truth to me; I ask that You give me the wisdom and understanding needed to apply it to my life on a daily basis. In Your name I pray, Amen.