Have you ever been having a bad day, and someone tells you to “count it all joy?” Not only can this response be condescending, but it isn’t very helpful. When we read and quote the Bible in little trite phrases, we miss the bigger picture of what God is trying to tell us. While there is truth in James 1 about persevering through trials, knowing that in the end we will be more complete, this truth only matters because of who God is; not because of who you are.
When we read the Bible, we shouldn’t be mining for keywords or phrases that make us feel better, or appear to pertain to our personal situation. Rather, we should consider the context, the audience, and most importantly, ask, “what does this passage say about God?” and not, “what does this passage say about me?”
With that in mind, I give you: Top 5 Misused, Misinterpreted, And Mistreated Verses In The Bible…
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Spoiler Alert: This verse is not talking about running late to work, getting a speeding ticket, and then spilling your coffee all over your work computer. This verse isn’t even about getting laid off, or the loss of a loved one. This verse isn’t about you at all. These words were spoken in the midst of the Babylonian exile in 597 BC, when King Nebuchadnezzar sent 10,000 citizens of Jerusalem 500 miles away to Babylon. Talk about a bad day. Jeremiah wrote to these people, breathing words of hope into their situation. This is still a powerful verse, and even more so considering the context.
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