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Gospel Scriptures

I have an obsession with the Gospel.

I love it.

I love everything about it.

Just hearing it makes me breathe a little deeper.

That’s why I have piles of books that are centered on the Gospel:

But more than that, I love reading Scriptures about the Gospel.

Truth be told, I have books about it because I love to read. And what better to read about than what you are obsessed with? But the Scriptures are what really matter. The Scriptures are the basis of all the books, and they are the basis of my love for Jesus.

With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite scriptures that summarize the Gospel with you today.

Gospel Scriptures

NOTE: All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984, and 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. (Emphasis mine)

Ephesians 2:1-10

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world… gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 

 

Philippians 2:5-11

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-9

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third dayaccording to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

Romans 3:21-26

“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

Acts 10:34-43

“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Titus 3:3-7

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Isaiah 53

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(verses 4-6)

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;

and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

John 3:16-18

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Romans 6:1-11

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 2:8-15

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

Ephesians 2:11-22

“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” … remember that at that time you were separate from Christ… without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

What about you?

What are your favorite Gospel Scriptures?

Share your answer in the comments below!

 

Did you like this list? You can find several more Scripture lists I have compiled here.

In Case of Emergency…

1334367_53053749Years ago, I came across a unique set of “Emergency Numbers.” Instead of listing the police and fire station, they referenced Scriptures. I loved it so much, I wrote them all in the front of one of my Bibles.

Why am I telling you this?

We wrapped up our study through Hebrews 11 last week, it was a little early, but it was complete. So for this week, I put together some “Emergency Procedures” to look at.

I think it’s important to turn to God when we face problems of all different shapes and sizes. After all, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28) and “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

God doesn’t promise us a perfect life as Christians. We will still face heart ache, pain, sickness, and life on earth, but we can do it with Him by our side, with His help, and He can make it bearable.

Emergency Procedures

In case of emergency contact God.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Including weekends and holidays

In case of worry, find: Psalm 56:3 or Psalm 23:4

In case of stress, dial: Galatians 1:10 and Psalm 62:1-2

In case of pain, look up: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Psalm 69:29, and/or 2 Corinthians 4:16

If you are lost, call on: Psalm 46:10, Matthew 7:7-8, and Proverbs 3:5-6

When you are insecure, contact: Hebrews 10:35-36, 1 Corinthians 15:10, Proverbs 3:26, and 1 Thessalonians 5:24

What other emergency references would you add to this list?

Share your answer in the comments below!

 

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Did you like this list? You can find several more lists of Scriptures to live by here.

Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 (SSMT)

In the fall of 2014 I went through my first Beth Moore Bible study, and I LOVED it. I have been following her online ever since, and I was excited to hear about her Siesta Scripture Memory Team.

You can get all the details here.

Essentially, it’s an accountability group for Scripture memory. We will be memorizing 24 verses throughout 2015. That’s two a month, every month, for all 12 months.

We all have matching spirals (made ourselves). Check mine out:

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Now for the good stuff…

I shared yesterday that my theme for 2015 is “Called by Christ.”

With that in mind (and knowing that I have already memorized 1 Thessalonians 5:24 – “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”) The first Scripture I chose to memorize is Colossians 3:23. This verse isn’t new to me, but I can’t recite it by memory yet, and I think it will be powerful in my life going into the new year.

I chose this verse because often times when I am working for people, I get discouraged. I feel undervalued, or wonder what the point is. But if I can remember that I am working for Christ – doing what He has called me to do – it’s all worth it. It all has a point.

If you are participating in SSMT, I’d love for you to share your verse and why you chose it in the comments.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men…”

~ Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

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Scriptures for when you are in pain…

Chronic pain is not something that is fun to deal with. I know this first hand after struggling with migraines for years. Mine are triggered by whiplash I got from slipping on ice and falling down the stairs in front of our house years ago. So along with the debilitating headaches, I also suffer from pain in my neck whenever I get cold, there is any abnormal pressure put on it, or if it’s held in the wrong position.

Before I realized what was causing my headaches, I compiled this list of scriptures to help get me through the pain and help me remember that God has a plan.

 

“But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.” ~ Job 6:10

 

“But I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.” ~ Psalm 69:29

Pain Scriputres

 

“Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:18

 

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness ” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” ~ Psalm 139:14

 

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” ~ Philippians 4:4

 

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:1

 

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” ~ Philippians 4:11

 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. In the next verse James goes on to say: Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-3

 

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

“In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider–God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.” ~ Ecclesiastes 7:14

 

“The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.” ~ Matthew 4:24

 

“For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.” ~ Job 5:18

 

“…and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:4

 

“You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” ~ Psalm 10:17

 

“I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” ~ Psalm 119:75

 

“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” ~ Isaiah 49:13

 

“Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.” ~ Psalm 31:9-10

 

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” ~ Isaiah 48:10

 

“I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” ~ Revelation 2:9

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” ~ Philippians 4:4

 

“But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.” ~ Job 36:15

 

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” ~ Psalm 86:5

 

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ~ Romans 12:12

 

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.” ~ Psalm 25:16-18

 

“Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion.

 Praise the LORD, my soul.”

~ Psalm 103

 

Good Morning Scriptures

I am not what you would call a morning person by nature, however years ago, I compiled this list of Scriptures to help me start the day off right. Some of them motivate me to get out of bed, others are just reminders that God is awesome and He created today.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love

“God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” – Genesis 1:4-5

 

“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” – Psalm 5:3

 

“The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” – Isaiah 50:4

 

“But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” – Psalm 88:13

 

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” – Lamentations 3:22-24

 

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” – Psalm 90:14

 

“O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” – Isaiah 33:2

 

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” – Psalm 92:1-2

 

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” – Psalm 143:8

 

“And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” – 2 Peter 1:19

 

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

 

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalm 59:16

 

“Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” – Ecclesiastes 11:6

 

“My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.” – Psalm 108:1-3

 

“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” – Psalm 57:8

 

“Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.” – Psalm 65:8

 

“She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.” – Proverbs 31:15

 

“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:10

 

“Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.” – Proverbs 20:13

 

“And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” – Psalm 17:15

 

“How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?” – Proverbs 6:9

 

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” – Psalm 3:5

 

“At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.” – Jeremiah 31:26

 

“This is the day the Lord has made: I will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

 

Do you have any Scriptures you would add to this list? Share them in the comments below!

How to Get More Out of Your Quiet Time

I’ve read a lot of how-to articles on how to study the Bible, or how to enjoy your quiet time each day. But most of them focus on everything but the Bible. They talk about what sort of tools you should have on hand, how to avoid distractions, how to spend your time, and the list goes on. Yet, when I first came to Christ, what my quiet time lacked wasn’t tools, dedication, or structure—it was understanding. I would read the Bible and either say, “yep, that sounds about right.” Or “…uh, okay.” I grew up in church, therefore I knew what the Bible said. I knew it was God’s Word and it was all true. I knew the stories. What I didn’t know was how to make it personal. So that’s what I’m going to share in this post.

Step 1: Read a Section of the Word

I’m currently reading through the Sermon on the Mount, so I’ll use the passage I read this morning as an example.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

It’s not a long passage, and I’m certainly not going to read through the Bible in a year at this rate, but by reading just a small segment I can get so much more out of my time with God.

If you don’t feel like you got a whole lot out of that, don’t worry. We’re not done yet.

Step 2: Question the Text

I don’t mean to question whether or not it’s true—all of God’s Word is infallible. What I mean is question what it means.

Example:

Q. What does it mean to be the light of the world?

Quiet TimeThat reminded me that Jesus is the light of the world. In fact, I recently read that after the second coming, the only light in heaven and on the new earth will be the glory of God (Revelation 21:23).

Q. But what does it mean when it says we are the light of the world? What kind of light is it talking about?

If we go back to Jesus being the light of the world, it would mean letting His light shine through us. So reflecting His nature in our lives. Living out the fruit of the Spirit, displaying the beatitudes, living like Christ. That’s where our light comes from. Not from us, but from Him.

Step 3: Question Yourself

The next step is to make it personal by turning your questions inward.

Q. Are you letting your light shine on the world? Can people really see your good deeds—and would they know you do them because of what Christ has done in you?

I’ll let you answer that, but it’s important not to beat yourself up in this stage. We all fall short—that’s why Jesus came to die for us. Even after we accept Christ, we still have to grow—which is why it is important to spend time with God. One of my favorite Bible verses says that Christ will continue His work in us until the day of completion. In other words, we won’t be perfect until we get to heaven, all we can do is love God and let Him continue working in us.

Step 4: Respond

Once you have identified what the Scripture really meant and how it relates to you, the next step is to talk to God about it. Ask for help in this area if needed, or thank Him for the work He has done in your life. Give Him glory and seek His will.

Your prayer doesn’t have to last for 15 minutes. Something short and to the point will be just fine (see Luke 18:10-14).

Here’s an example:

Father God, I’m not really sure how I’m doing in this area. I wouldn’t say I’m hiding my light, but I’m not sure how brightly it’s shining either. I am so thankful for what You have done in my life, and, today, I just ask you to continue. Continue Your work in me so I can reflect Your light to the rest of the world and bring You the glory You already deserve. In Jesus’ name I pray; amen.

Step 5: Live it Out

The final step in getting more out of your quiet time is to not let it end when you’re finished. Take what you have learned or recognized and think on it throughout the day. Keep looking for ways to apply it as the day goes by.

What About the Tools?

You don’t need tools to study the Bible. In fact, I didn’t use any for my study this morning (though while typing this up I did double check a few facts and Scripture references. I don’t always do that for personal study, but when sharing studies with others, I want to make sure I’ve got it right). If you want to use tools, you absolutely can. You may want to keep a journal to write down your questions, Scriptures you want to memorize, or whatever is on your heart. You may want to keep a highlighter to highlight your favorite scriptures, or colored pencils to underline words. You might use some sort of device to access a website or app like Bible Gateway to look up Scriptures, or you may want to look up a definition online or in a dictionary.

There are lots of tools you can use. But you don’t really need anything other than access to Scripture. You don’t even need to carve out a chunk of time. I usually like to sit in the mornings and actually enjoy some quiet time with God, but life happens. There are days when I have to prop my Bible on the kitchen counter and read while I cook. When my kids were little, I would ponder on Scripture while I did the dishes. Sure, it’s easier to think when the house is quiet, but multitasking your quiet time is better than skipping it altogether.

Scriptures for a Rainy Day

I absolutely love the rain.

Years ago, I started reading Job 36 every time it rained. It was a comfort to my children who were scared of storms and just a blessing to my soul.

Below, you’ll find a list of Scriptures I’ve compiled for rainy days. The words from Job are still some of my favorites and I think of them every time the rain “becomes a might downpour.”

Note: The Scriptures found here are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.'” — Job 37:6

“And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.'” — Genesis 9:12-16

“I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.” — Leviticus 26:4

“The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.” — Psalm 77:16-19

Psalm 77

“…then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.” — Deuteronomy 11:14

“The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” — Deuteronomy 28:12

“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” — Deuteronomy 32:2

“…he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.” — 2 Samuel 23:4

“He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside.” — Job 5:10Job 29.23 NIV

“They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.” — Job 29:23

“He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;” — Job 36:27

“What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?” — Job 38:24-28

“God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm…” — Job 28:23-26

“He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.” — Psalm 72:6

“He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.” — Psalm 135:7

“He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.” — Psalm 147:8

“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.” — Isaiah 30:23

Isaiah 45.8“You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.” — Isaiah 45:8

“But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.” — Jeremiah 10:12-13 (also Jeremiah 51:16)

“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.” — Jeremiah 14:22

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.” — Ezekiel 1:28

“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” — Hosea 6:3

“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” — Joel 2:23

“Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.” — Zechariah 10:1

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” — Matthew 5:44-45

“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” — Acts 14:17

“Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.” — Hebrews 6:7

“The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.” — Psalm 29:3

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” — Psalm 107:28-30

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” — Isaiah 25:4

“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith?’ he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.'” — Luke 8:25

“You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.” — Psalm 65:10

“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” — Ezekiel 34:26

“The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind.” — Micah 5:7

Job 36:26 – Job 37 
26 How great is God—beyond our understanding!
The number of his years is past finding out.
27 “He draws up the drops of water,
which distill as rain to the streams;
28 the clouds pour down their moisture
and abundant showers fall on mankind.
29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds,
how he thunders from his pavilion?
30 See how he scatters his lightning about him,
bathing the depths of the sea.
31 This is the way he governs the nations
and provides food in abundance.
32 He fills his hands with lightning
and commands it to strike its mark.
33 His thunder announces the coming storm;
even the cattle make known its approach.

Job 37:1 “At this my heart pounds
and leaps from its place.
2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
and sends it to the ends of the earth.
4 After that comes the sound of his roar;
he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
he holds nothing back.
5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
7 So that all men he has made may know his work,
he stops every man from his labor.
8 The animals take cover;
they remain in their dens.
9 The tempest comes out from its chamber,
the cold from the driving winds.
10 The breath of God produces ice,
and the broad waters become frozen.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
he scatters his lightning through them.
12 At his direction they swirl around
over the face of the whole earth
to do whatever he commands them.
13 He brings the clouds to punish men,
or to water his earth and show his love.
14 “Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 You who swelter in your clothes
when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
hard as a mirror of cast bronze?
19 “Tell us what we should say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
Would any man ask to be swallowed up?
21 Now no one can look at the sun,
bright as it is in the skies
after the wind has swept them clean.
22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;
God comes in awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
24 Therefore, men revere him,
for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?”

What are your favorite Scriptures for a rainy day?