Even from the world’s standards, the Bible is the most amazing book ever written. Currently, 100 million copies of the Bible are produced every year. Estimated total sales for the Bible are over 5 billion! The Bible has had a massive influence over our culture, especially in the Western hemisphere. From the Christian’s standard, the Bible is more than amazing, it is the inspired Word of God. For the next 31 days, we will read and reflect on 31 verses that some consider to be the 31 greatest verses of the Bible.
This devotional series was written by Covenant Field Chaplain, Sam Broughton
Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) - Faith is being sure
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
We all live by some kind of faith. Even those who don’t believe in God live with a great deal of faith.
Matthew 11:28 - Come to me and rest
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Rest is not only a safety concern on the job, but it’s also a Biblical concern. This verse actually has a lot to say about rest. Here’s a deeper look…
1 Corinthians 10:13 - God won't let you be tempted beyond
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
The apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church in Corinth.The believers in this church were having a difficult time. Sexual immorality, greed, dishonesty, lying, and pride were the norms for this society. His teaching on temptation is something we need to pay close attention to.
1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your anxiety
“…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.“
Anxiety is a very real issue for everyone. It begins with worry. It could be about a relationship, job, health, finances, etc. The list is almost endless because we can get pretty creative when it comes to worry. We even worry about things that never happen! If left unchecked, worry turns into fear.
Hebrews 12:2 - Fix our eyes on Jesus
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! This saying applies to all of us, especially for those who are walking by faith in God. Hebrews 12 is written to followers of Jesus who are getting tired, thinking about giving up, tempted by sin, being laughed at by others, and wondering if it’s even worth the price to follow Christ.
Matthew 6:33 - Seek first the Kingdom
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The scripture you have read in Mt. 6:33 is part of the teachings of Jesus called The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Jesus is teaching his followers about living with spiritual priorities in a fleshly world.
2 Timothy 3:16 - Scripture is from God
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…”
There is no other book in all of history like the Bible. It is the most read, most influential book ever written. The scripture you have just read is from the last recorded letter of the Apostle Paul before his execution. Paul is writing Timothy, his “son in the faith,” pouring out his heart and reminding him of the truths that he needs to hold on to firmly.
1 Peter 3:15 - Always be prepared
“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”
Honoring Jesus Christ the Lord takes many forms. One of the most important parts of the Christian life is sharing our faith with others. This verse gives some excellent pointers in how to do that.
Isaiah 53:5 - Pierced for our transgressions
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
In Isaiah 52 and 53, we see something amazing! Isaiah speaks of a “servant,” a “man of sorrows,” one who would be “despised and rejected...pierced for our transgressions.” These 2 chapters describe the crucifixion of Jesus 700 years before it happened!
Romans 6:23 - The wages of sin
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We’re all familiar with the word “wages.” We work hard, and we get paid for our work. Oilfield workers are some of the hardest working people around. CTT is the company it is because of you, and we greatly appreciate your excellent work ethic. However, “Spiritual Work Ethic” is quite different.