August 5

Written by Bill Grandi on August 5th, 2020

Have you ever noticed how some Bible verses with rich meaning become nothing more than cliches to be rattled off and soon become pictures, displays, knick knacks, etc? Several come to mind.

A number of years ago I loved Isaiah 40:31- “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up on wings like eagles…” Suddenly I began to notice all types of eagles around me in stores. Then that verse started appearing on all sorts of items in the bookstore.

Another is Romans 8:28- “All things work together for good…” It seems like everywhere one turns that phrase seems to stare at you.

Of course, there are many others. “I know the plans I have for you…” “If my people…” “I can do all things through Christ…” My contention is this: those verses (and more) must be more than cliches or quick catchall phrases on t-shirts, or posters or cute little items. It hit me when Is.40:31 had to become a reality to me when I lost my position. It hit me when I had to ask myself if I truly believed Romans 8:28. That’s when cliches and time-worn phrases become concrete; they become a balm to a weary heart and salve to a wounded one. They become a lifeline when sinking is an option. They become a life preserver when I feel as if I’m going down for the last time.

“Father, the truth of Scripture is more than mere cheap words.  It is life! May your Words be more than feel-good sayings to me. May they be the very rock upon which I stand.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oh, Bill…YES!!!!! Oh, how I love The Word of God. It is my life also. And to see it so cheapened to make a buck must cause Abba’s Heart to grieve. When I was first born again, I wore all kinds of tee shirts with verses on them and purchased all kinds of plaques to hang on my walls. I think what you and I have come to a revelation of, comes with maturity. Maturity in our relationship with God and maturity because we’ve seen The Truth of God’s Word be a reality in our lives. Great post!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I do think maturity definitely brings us a different perspective. I never wore a lot of Christian t-shirts that I can remember since they didn’t become a “thing” until I was an adult. But I certainly know what you mean. Thanks for the thoughtful comment Diane.

  2. Yes, it is all too easy to say these snippets of scripture, and miss the importance of their content. God’s Word should never be tossed about in a casual manner.
    Blessings, Bill!