One Scripture?

Recently, a blogger asked me a great question in the comments on his blog. When I offered to help answer his questions about the Bible, he asked me if there was one Scripture that I considered “gold” or thought about every day. What a great question!

But it made me pause. One Scripture? I love every book of the Bible. My favorite one is always the one I am studying at the moment. There is so much depth, beauty, insight, inspiration, and joy in the Scriptures. Could I pick just one? I am not one who has chosen a “life verse” that encapsulates my faith or purpose. God has always provided the right Scripture at the right time for my situation. One Scripture? I decided to dig back into the bedrock foundations of my faith. What is essential? What do I know is true? What do I depend on?

I thought back to one of the great turning points in my life – a literal choice between life or death. I was just a young teen, probably finishing 8th or 9th grade. I had chosen to follow Jesus with my life a year or two earlier. I was on a youth retreat with my church at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. My life was just not going the way I wanted. I wasn’t athletic or popular. I wasn’t funny or attractive. I wasn’t talented in anything anyone noticed. I was believing Satan’s lie that no one loved me. One night I just sat out in the open air hallway outside my room. I looked down two or more stories to the ground and rocks below. A voice inside whispered, “no one will care if you just fall off of here and die…” I didn’t know the term “spiritual warfare,” but I knew this was a spiritual attack. I went back inside to get away from the immediate temptation. However, I was still wallowing in the self-pity and the lie. Later, I went back outside, letting the tears, at least, fall to the ground below.

One of our college age counselors, Keith, came and sat with me. He tried to offer advice and wisdom and comfort. It was nice to have someone notice my struggle, but it wasn’t enough. I did come in for the night, but my despair continued. However, during that week, God got my attention through the speaker. My memory isn’t clear on exactly what the speaker said, but God clearly revealed to me that He loved me. No matter what anyone else thought, He loved me. God loves me just the way I am! It sounds like such a simple truth, but it gripped me with a real power. I have value and worth. I have a purpose and a destiny. It isn’t because of anything that I am, except that I am loved by the King!

So here is that one scripture that, upon reflection, is the bedrock of my faith. When my faith wavers, looking for a foundation, this Scripture calls me back to the love that changed my life that week. Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (NASB)


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7 thoughts on “One Scripture?

  1. linneann says:

    How well I understand that kind of despair and so I weep for the young man who did not feel special enough to live, as I thank the God who made sure he knew he was. This is a very personal story, Sean, and I am glad you have shared it. I know it will touch someone in a vital way.

    I also know what you mean with: “My favorite one is always the one I am studying at the moment.” It’s so hard to choose, but if I absolutely had to, I think I would choose, “Jesus wept.”

    • Sean Durity says:

      Yes, I had Melanie read this one over to make sure it was ok to publish. If I am thinking it through, my testimony really only exists to help someone else along. Hiding it by not sharing is the opposite of what God wants.

  2. Wow, that is an unbelievably hard challenge, but perhaps the one I have used the most when my back has been against the wall, Romans 8:28. “For we know that all things work together for good to them that…. (if you don’t already know it, you might want to look it up.) Another great article, Sean.

    • Sean Durity says:

      That is an interesting choice, Cowboy. We have been at the place where that Scripture did not bring comfort the way it should. We didn’t want to know about “later” and deeper purpose. We just wanted someone to grieve with us. That didn’t change the truth of that verse, but it was not what we needed emotionally.

      • Yes, I understand. And that is when we need people to pray “for us”, because sometimes you can be so down you don’t even feel like you can pray, and we need God’s family to lift us up. I hear you, brother. Good point.

  3. Lisa Mason says:

    I have so many good ones but one that stands out from my youth is Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” There have been so many times in my life where I was unsure if I could do the tasks He had put before me and this keeps me moving forward. This one always reminds me that I am not alone.

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