8 Bible Verses That Will Make You Think

by Jack Wellman · Print Print · Email Email

Here are 8 Bible verses that I believe will really make you think. Which ones would you include?

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Have you ever thought about this; God rejoices over you with such gladness that He exults over you with loud singing? I can’t imagine what the voice of God must sound like but how much better does His voice sound when singing?!  The Bible describes God’s voice as the “sounds of many waters” (Rev 1:15; 14:2) which reminds me of Niagara Falls. The word exult means to feel or show great happiness, jubilance or to rejoice exceedingly like when we jump for joy when we feel exulted!  I did that when I found out my wife as pregnant and at the birth of our children.  That’s what God thinks of you.  That’s not my opinion, that’s what the Word of God says so believe it!

8 Bible Verses That Will Make You Think

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Sometimes when I’m out of paper, I write a phone number, name, or jot down a note on the palm of my hand but it quickly disappears but here is the God of the Universe saying that your name has been engraved on the palms of His hands and not just one of His hands…but on both of them.  The word “engraved” is from the Hebrew word “chaqaq” and means “to cut out” and it resembles that of the very finger of God engraving the Ten Commandments on tables or slates of stone.   Engraving is permanent.  It cannot be erased and what God engraves stays engraved.  God never writes something down only to pull out an eraser. Also, your walls are continually before God meaning that wherever you dwell, you are constantly in view of God.  What a tender verse this is and is should really make you think.

John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

I used this example of teaching these verses when my son was young. I had a marble in my hand and the older he got, the more he thought he was strong enough to open my clinched fist and take the marble out of it.  Even when he grew to be a man at six feet, three inches and at 200 pounds, he still couldn’t do it so the visual image of us being in the very hands of Christ and of the Father and by His saying “no one can snatch them out of My hand” and “no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” is about a great of a verse on the security of the believer that there is, perhaps in all the Bible.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus said that there is no greater love possible than someone who would lay down their life for a friend and that is exactly what Jesus did for us.  I have a very close friend but I’m not sure, when it came down to the moment, if I’d be able to die for my friend.  What about you?  Think about that.  Can you imagine having to die for someone?  That’s what Jesus did as He prophesied “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11) and we must remember that Jesus said “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).  Could I do that? Could you?

Romans 5:8, 10 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

It’s one thing to die for a friend or a blood relative but to die for an enemy (Rom 5:10) and to die for someone who was still not only your enemy but to die for someone who was wicked (Rom 5:8) is just too incredible for me to ponder.  Such is the amazing description of God’s love for us.  Love is not a feeling as much as what you do.  Love is a verb; it’s active and this great love was displayed on the cross because “rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die” (Rom 5:9) but to die for an enemy and for an evil person is too hard for my human, finite mind to wrap itself around.

Exodus 14:13-14 “And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

This verse was spoken to encourage the people of Israel who feared being destroyed by the Egyptian army.  I think I would have needed to hear this if I saw the massive Egyptian army marching after us (Ex 14:10).  Moses gives them reassurance by not only telling them to not fear, but to stand firm or stay their ground because God will fight for them and if God is for you, what do you have to worry about who could ever be against you (Rom 8:31)?  The obvious answer is no one or nothing.  Here is the only thing that God required of Israel; just be silent.  I could do that.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Paul wasn’t fairly sure or reasonably certain but he was absolutely convinced that not death, life, angels (even the fallen ones), principalities (any earthly power), and nothing in the past (like sins), present, nor things to come, not any power, height, depth, and to cover it all, “nor any created thing” can ever “separate us from the love of God.”  That covers it all.  If it is created, it or they have no way to separate you from God.  I love to refer people to Romans chapter 8 when they start feeling doubt creep into their walk with Christ and in particular these verses because they should give us all peace of mind about our salvation “which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” and not in our own efforts nor does it depend on us, thankfully!

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

This verse should be associated with Ephesians chapter one because there it says that “he (God) chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Eph 1:4) which is similar to what Jeremiah wrote.  God knew us before the earth was brought into existence which means He knew us by name before we were even born and it was “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will’ (Eph 1:5).  It was in Jesus Christ that “we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph 1:11).

Conclusion

I pray these verses will really make you think…think about just how amazing and glorious our God is.  To send His sinless Son to die for the sinful ones to reconcile us back to Him is much too difficult for me to fully comprehend and I hope that these make you think and think about how great our God truly is.

Here is some more reading to consider: How Do I Meditate on the Word of God?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.





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