A friend of mine asked me one day for my favorite Scripture. I knew immediately.
“My purpose is to give you life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10)
A couple of days later he showed up at a meeting we both attended with a framed copy of the verse in a beautiful font. I still have it sitting on my desk where I look at it every day. It has been a steadfast verse for me for over thirty years. There are many others that I turn to in various situations but this is my ‘go to’ passage because it covers a multitude.
In this translation, eleven words pack a punch! God tells me his purpose: to give me life in all its fullness. To me this means a life overflowing, large, big, enormous, huge. He doesn’t say there will be no sadness or challenges or difficulties. He simply says I will have a full life.
Now I see that a full life includes highs and lows, ups and down, hurts and happiness, and joys and sorrows. In other words, he will not hold back. He will not keep tabs on how much he gives me. He will not cheat me of the experience of living abundantly–in whatever form that takes. And then I turn to my second favorite verse that will see me through till my last day. What a God we serve.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4)
What is one of your favorite verses and why?