Once upon a time, I never understood what I read in the Bible and I relied on other people’s interpretation of the Bible and as I went along on the journey there were times I read the Bible in themes, looking for chapters and verses according to themes e.g fear, wisdom, love etc. I have learnt, unlearnt and relearnt and I know that all those seasons were not wasted because it makes me appreciate the freedom I have now.
In the course of this journey, I have encountered a few verses that I would like to say represents themes in the Bible that has changed my life and walk with God and I am sure will change yours too. It is important to note that the aim of this is not to focus on one verse as a life changing verse and hinge on it as such but to understand the nature of God in light of these verses. It is also very important to note that the overall theme of the Bible is Christ and that should be the lens with which we read the word of God. ‘
Since we have got that out of the way, let us get to it.
- Trust – Proverbs 3:5-6 This is one verse that speaks about trust. You cannot say you are living the life of Christ without trust. The basis of our faith is trust. Trusting in a God you do not see, Believing the word of God. Not leaning on your own understanding or logic to explain things to you but believing that Christ rose on the 3rd day. Trust!
- Truth – Matt 7:21-23 This also tied to trust. Why do you believe what you believe? We made a choice. Jesus made bold the declaration that I am the way, the truth and life. In living the life of Christ in this world, we are faced with so many views and opinions everyday that we have to choose a side. Christ is Truth. I truly believe it and every situation we face is benchmarked against THE TRUTH
- Love – John 3:16 Love forms the basis of our faith. Love from God towards humanity, Love of God, Love for our fellow human. Love a strong force that informs how we act. Through out scriptures we would see the theme of Love. Encountering the Love of God will indeed change your life.
- Just like us – John 11:35 One of the verses that shows the humanity of Jesus, he wept. This verse as with other Bible verses that shows that Jesus is divine and at the same time human, we can understand that as God is with us, he also understands everything we go through. The comfort in knowing that changing how you perceive situations.
- How to live – Gal 2:20 Different scriptures shows detailed instructions on how we live but this verse in my opinion encompasses it. It is not longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. If I am out living the life of the Christ on the inside of me there are somethings I won’t do. When we understand this truth that it is no longer us that lives but Christ that lives in us, the Life will indeed be transformed.
- Hope – Job 14:9 Although the circumstances with which I found this Bible verse was very questionable but I understand that it just means Hope. One of the cornerstones of our faith is Hope. The verse says at the scent of water, it will bud again which gives hope. If we look through out the scriptures, the prophets, the people of Israel were all waiting for the messiah. With each prophesy God indeed reaffirms his deliverance of his people giving them hope. We as well have a hope for the future because of Jesus. A hope that this world is not our home that Christ the king is coming back again. Our lives can’t remain the same when we live in light of that hope!