Have you ever felt that you are hearing words from God? I want to share a passage of Scripture that I have “claimed” for many years. This is a passage that has special meaning for me since way back in college.
I was in the midst of waiting for a study session with a campus staff member from Campus Crusade for Christ. It was the middle of the week, and I was sitting in the middle of the student union in the middle of campus, at a table in the sunlight. I had my Bible open and was just reading random passages of Scripture, wanting to hear something from God. I flipped the pages and the Bible opened to Isaiah, Chapter 41. My eyes scanned the words quickly.
“I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, “You are my servant.” I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.”
“Though you search for your enemies you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.”
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you”
For some reason I didn’t realize at the time, it was as if those words were written on the page in BOLD font … and then God had taken a huge yellow highlighter and marked that passage for me. And then smacked me upside the head with it all. OK, not literally … but it’s kind of a rush when you realize the God of the universe is talking to YOU.
To give you a little background as to why these verses were/are so important to me – at the time, there were some false friends in my life that had made it their mission in life to be as hurtful as possible. I was feeling very alone at the time, so hearing from God in this way was HUGE for me. Essentially, the Creator of the universe was telling me, “I got this. No need to stress, because I hold your future in My hands. I will be your protector.”
I can’t tell you how many times over the years these verses have popped up in various places, and encouraged me when I have felt alone or abandoned. To know that God will never abandon me, and takes the time to remind me of that as often as I need to hear it, is a great comfort. Again – that’s HUGE!
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It was the first time that a piece of Scripture had jumped off the page for me like that – like it was written for me, and had been hiding there – just waiting for me to find. Like these words from God were written there for me, just waiting for me to discover them.
Has something like that happened to you? Got a special verse(s) that you have “claimed” as a promise from God? Share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear what God has shared with you.
(This post was first published on my other blog, Starting Over … Again on February 19, 2015)