Several years ago I came across a verse in the Bible that slowly become my life verse. From my highschool days, to my first relationship days, to my breakups, and now to my marriage, these verses were/are my go to.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
These verses were a HUGE comfort and reminded me that God would make my paths straight. He had the plan.
I just needed to trust Him completely.
After sharing those verses with friends and on social media, I soon realized that those verses didn’t do the same thing for everyone I shared them with. The questions were raised, “who is this God that I am trusting my life with? Is He good? Can He even be trusted?” Those were/are incredible and legitimate questions.
If I did not know God, I would not want to put my trust in Him either.
Proverbs 3:5-6 would be a fearful challenge rather than a hope-giving one. Who would want to entrust their entire life to a god that they did not know?
My hope is that we can get to know the God of the Bible.
Here are 5 verses that I think do a marvelous job of showing us who God is. He has revealed Himself to us in the Bible. Understanding who our God is will bring so much peace, comfort and hope as we continue living in this broken world.
5 Verses about God to Bring You Hope
1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
What better place to start than at the very beginning of the Bible. I love this simple verse. When there was nothing, God was. When the earth was formless and void, God was. When humankind did not exist, God did. He is the reason this world exists. He is the start of everything. If you have not read Genesis 1 & 2 lately, I encourage you to go and read it. Those chapters are a wonderful picture of the start of everything.
2. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13.
If we zoom ahead to the very last book in the Bible, we see God. Described as the Alpha and the Omega (He was at the beginning of all things and will be at the close), the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Who else can make such a claim? He was and is and is to come. He is at the start of our world and He will be at the end (when He makes all things new). There truly is no other god who can make that claim.
3. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—(Ephesians 2:4-5).
What a beautiful glimpse into God’s unchanging character. He is full of mercy. He is great in love towards us. Even while we were against Him, He sent His Son Jesus to the cross to die for our sins. By His grace we are saved. We are no longer slaves to our sin, we are free by the power of the cross. What a mighty God we serve.
4. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
We don’t have a God who is waiting to pounce on us with every wrong move that we make. The God of the Bible is rich in mercy and literally made a way so that we could become His child. Through belief in His perfect Son Jesus we have the right to become God’s child and to be adopted into His family. We get to have a personal relationship with Him for all of eternity.
5. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (Psalm 139:7-12)
God is everywhere. He is not limited by anything or anyone. We serve such a big, powerful, awesome and mighty God. We cannot flee from Him. We cannot hide from Him. He is everywhere and ready to hold and lead us.
What is your perspective of God?
What about you? What is your perspective of God? Is your perspective formed by Scripture? Or, is it formed by something else? It’s so important to make sure that our perspective comes from who God says He is in the Bible.
The more we know God on a personal level and know His character, the easier it will be to truly trust Him with our lives.