Loose Threads is a place were we all can discuss a topic and share wisdom. So here is today question:
What is your favorite Bible passage and why?
To you O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
Psalms 25: 1-2
This question was way harder than it should have been, but I finally picked this one because faith is hard. It’s not something I necessarily feel or understand all the time. This verse, for me, is like a deal with God. If I lift up my soul, if I pray and focus on him, I can trust him to come through. Verse 3 continues by saying, “no one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame.” By doing my part, he will do his. By having faith even when it’s difficult and doesn’t make sense, by trusting him and putting my hope in him, he promises that I will not regret it. That’s something worth believing in.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love this passage because I believe I am loved by God, and that nothing can make God stop loving me. This passage not only confirms that, but challenges me to believe the same about every other person and creature. Even the people who make me angry, even the people who preach hate, even people who disagree with everything I believe–they are all loved by God no matter what. Sometimes this is unfathomable to me. How can a love exist that cannot be broken? However, this is the God I believe in–a love that is unbreakable, for me and for everyone else.
Now it is your turn!
Where do you find wisdom, love, …and lint in the bible?
I dig the really old stuff. Here’s my favorite:
“Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach. Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee?” – Psalm 139
The idea that God is beyond our comprehension and present in all things is a fantastic reminder that we must have humility – never assume we are right, never judge others for what we perceive to be the wrong path. You never know how God is using people, you cannot escape Her! And you will never full understand Her.
I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but when I speak at the local Lutheran high school I tend to reference both the Romans 8 passage Autumn talked about, but also Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform tot he pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
First, I love the idea of our lives being worship. Worship isn’t just singing songs. It’s our whole life. Sacrificing ourselves for him is worship. Then I also love being transformed. We weren’t meant to be put into a box like everyone else. God changes us and transforms our hearts and minds.