And the Verse Is for You


I don’t generally read my Bible standing in the stall of a public restroom, but I did on one occasion.

I was in sixth grade, and my family was at a conference at Park Meadows Baptist Church (a church that would later become our church home). After one of the sessions, I asked Pastor Davis to sign my Bible. He did, and when he handed it back to me, he said, “And the verse is for you.”

My Bible had many signatures in the front flyleaf. Many of those signatures had Scripture references with them—presumably the life verses of the signers. Sometimes when I was bored, I would even look up some of the references. But, to that point, no one had told me the verse was for me.

Suddenly, I sensed an urgency to know what this verse said. I thanked Pastor Davis, tucked my Bible under my arm, and made my way to privacy—the ladies room!

Without even looking, I still remember what verse it was:

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.—Psalms 37:4

Indeed, the verse was for me…as is every other verse in God’s Word.

It’s for you, too…as is every other verse.

You probably know that already. But maybe you’re like me. Sometimes I forget that the verses are for me. Sometimes I read the Bible because I know I should. Or because it is a morning routine. Or because I’m sitting in church.

But when I remember that the verse is for me, I read it differently. I read with a sense of urgency—urgency to discover, to claim promises, to connect with my God.

What about you? Are you reading God’s Word with the conviction that “the verse is for you”? It is! They are—every one of them!