ODJ: today’s verse . . .

September 30, 2015 

READ: Romans 15:1-13 

The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled (v.4).

My three sons have grown up and spread their wings, so I’ve become more and more thankful for texting. It’s one way I can stay in touch with them. Even though one lives an hour’s drive from me and another is three hours away, we can still digitally discuss the stuff of life.

One thing I often text them is Bible verses that have inspired me on a given day. I start those texts with the words “Today’s Verse” and then key in the Scripture. Sometimes I even get a reply! J

The Word of God is powerful. Paul said that the “Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (Romans 15:4). Following that verse, Paul dug into the Old Testament to instruct and inspire the believers in Rome—demonstrating how Scripture can truly lift spirits and point people to God’s ways. He first quoted Psalm 18:49: “For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name” (Romans 15:9). Then Paul wrote Deuteronomy 32:43: “Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles” (Romans 15:10). What encouraging and instructional words for both the Gentile and Jewish believers! They were struggling to “live in complete harmony with each other” (v.5). So these verses helped them consider the hope, joy and peace they shared in Jesus (v.13).

As we follow Paul’s example by digging into God’s Word and sharing it with others, we plant seeds of wisdom and inspiration. Biblical promises and principles take root. Faith begins to sprout and flourish. The fruit of the Spirit-filled life begins to ripen.

Who will you share the life giving, powerful Word of God with today? Scripture reveals His heart and loving ways to a waiting world—even when texted.

—Tom Felten

365-day-plan: Luke 24:13-43

Read 2 Peter 1:20-21 and consider why Scripture reveals the heart and wisdom of God. 
How has the power of God’s Word affected your life? What are some ways you could share Scripture with others today?