I love when people post “This is my scripture for the day!” on Facebook. I mean it. I especially love it when they put it in *meme* form on cute wallpaper. That's just fun. In a world of ridiculous status updates (admittedly, I regularly add to that list), and worrisome news posts, a “Scripture of the day” just brightens my whole attitude. Helps me to refocus. And sometimes even launches me OFF social media and into the written Word for more! Tell me context! Tell me who was there when it was being spoken! Tell me who said it and why! I need information people!!!
But then a question randomly occurred to me as I stood in my kitchen carelessly scrolling social media,"Could we possibly be missing some of what God might want to say to us by focusing on that one scripture for the day?" What if He wanted to say more to us? And then I began to wonder just how many scriptures are really in the Bible?
So do you wanna know?
Great I’ll tell ya.
Why? Because yesterday I totally googled it. Because that’s what I do. I Google. It’s not super spiritual, but it IS super effective. So whatever. I Googled it.
Here’s what I found: there are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament, which gives a total of 31,102 verses in the entirety of the Word of God. That's a lot of words.
So here was my next thought - if we only chose one verse a day to claim, believe, focus on, etc - it would take us 85+ years to get through the entire Bible.
Nobody has time for that!
Listen girls. We need to amp up our game. Let’s start claiming full paragraphs! Posting “Here’s my chapter of the day!” Shoot - why not try and tackle a whole book!! We aren’t guaranteed 85 years! Let’s make the most of the time we have today and INVEST in our relationship with God by studying alllllll of His words!! There is so much more than just Jeremiah 29:11. Although I do la-hov that passage! So don’t go gettin’ all mad. I’m just saying! There’s more.
And P.S. - you.CAN.get.through.Leviticus.
Do you want more out of your relationship with God than you ever have? Then accept my challenge:
Stay in His presence longer than it takes you to read a “Jesus Calling” devotional.
Woah - did I just say that?! Please don't hit me. I’m a “Jesus Calling” devo loving girl. Probably have bought it for all my friends. So again, don’t getting mad here. Just hear me out...
Open the Word.
The Living Word.
Saturate yourself in it!
Let’s get serious! Don't just open the online version. Be honest now, it’s way too easy to be clicking over to Facebook from there! No! Get the actual book out. Write in it. Write your children’s names by the promises you are claiming over them! Write the dates of the promises you sense God is giving you over your marriages. Write the name of the sick person you are asking healing over! The addiction you need to be set free from! The job you are considering taking!
All of God’s words are for you!
For every day.
For every circumstance.
It’s written TO YOU.
God’s Word is living and active! It is both personal and practical. It will give you the hope and assurance you seek. The peace and the direction you need. God’s Word is the most incredible book ever penned and you’ll find your life’s plan written on it’s pages.
Ok, I’m about all fired up now. Someone had better be inventing a full out social media poster board I can be filling and posting with all the promises God has for us! My life requires more that just one verse. I want to know all the words God IS speaking and HAS spoken over my life. Why? Because I need them.
And so do you.
We all do.
Heavenly Father, give us such a love for your Word that we cannot be satisfied by any lesser thing! Speak Lord, over your children and teach us the sound of Your voice. You ARE our God from everlasting to everlasting! In Jesus name, Amen!
28 “Have you never heard
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31