In yesterday’s post about the plans for Pitch Practice this year, I mentioned that my second favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 16:9. That mention garnered some attention, mainly the question, “If that’s your second favorite, what’s your favorite Bible verse?”
It’s a tie, not that these rankings are in any way official.
One Old; One New
My two most favorite called upon and relied upon Bible verses are Romans 8:28 and Genesis 15:6. Nice balance, right? One from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Here’s why these two are my favs.
Let’s start with OT first. Genesis 15:6 is all about Abram. Not Abraham just yet. God had not yet changed his name. All God had done at this point is give Abram a very clear instruction (Go to the land which I will show you) and a promise. It’s the promise that is so important. The promise was that Abram’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the sand in the sea.
All Abram did was believe. That’s what we’re called to even today: believe God’s words (aka, The Bible), and He will credit it to us as righteousness.
Paul Knew About Suffering
Now to the NT, where we find the Apostle Paul writing his letter to the church in Rome. In chapter 8, Paul is teaching us about suffering for the sake of the Gospel, and that leads us to verse 28:
Now, this verse has a tendency to get a little distorted when people just slightly misquote it, saying “all things work for the good of those…” That’s close, but no cigar. “All things” don’t work. God works. And what does God work all things for? Our good.
Not our “happiness” or comfort or pleasure or bank account, but our good. In other words, these “all things” that you’re going through or went through or are heading into may not be fun, but “God works” in all these things for your good.
So there you have them, 1, 2, and 3:
- Genesis 15:6
- Romans 8:28
- Proverbs 16:9
What are your favorite Bible verses?