So I have narrowed down my 2012 life verses to 3 good choices:
1. "The Lord will do great things for me, and I will be filled with joy. I will sow in tears then I will reap with songs of joy."Psalms 126:3,5
2. "For Nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37
3. "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9
I am leaning to number 2 & 3 - (a) it was between 2 & 3 until yesterday when a friend shared verse 1 with me. (b) I love verse 1 and the reason I love it is because it sums up the past several years of my life -- and although I am sure I many many more sorrowful times ahead of me, I am not currently sowing tears. I have plenty of frustrations, hardships, moments where I feel God is silent, but not deep deep sorrow as so many others are experiancing. I have seen the Lord bring Joy from bad situations and although this verse touches my heart so much, I want one that sums my life up now..
Verse #2 really hit home when studying advent. There are so many times that I believe God is not in control over every circumstance. I pray for myself and for others, but I don't really believe God could or would step in to the circumstances. I had a friend who was supposed to lose a baby this year and it is literally a miracle that she is still pregnant, but she knew all along that she would be. I must admit that my prayers for her were a little less hopeful, I expected the worst. Why don't I go through life expecting the best from God, even if the best ends up not being what I thought it would be? I hate to think how many prayers for those who are sick or dying or struggling with sin I have prayed with doubt?
Verse #3 - I heard a sermon by Tim Keller talking about how important this verse is, because it doesn't say that a man planning his course is wrong (I always read it that way). The verse just points out that when making decisions, we make an effort to do things (go to gym, sign up for college, go to church, apply for a job) and we are responsible to take steps towards our goals, but at the end of the day, God is soverign...so yes, we have responsibility to live decisively and consciously, BUT no one bad decision can destroy God's plans, He is over them all. That hit home for me. I always wonder if I chose the wrong city to live in or the wrong church to go to or the wrong career. What if ending things with that boy was a mistake? or not taking this career path was wrong? Yes, I need to make good decisions, but at the end of the day, God is in control....what a comfort.
So, as I said, most likely between 2 and 3, any votes? Whats your 2012 life verse?