My brother used to claim that almost every afternoon when he looked at the clock, it was exactly 5:55. Of course I gave him the "yeah right" treatment, but then I---over-thinker and conspiracy theorist---noticed that I often tended to look at the clock right at 8:28, AM or PM. My brother and I are weird, I know. Anyway, the number pairing “8:28” reminded me of the wonderful corresponding verse in Romans, so for awhile I tried to think about that verse whenever I happened to look at the clock at exactly 8:28.
The excessively-mundane observations that my brother and I made came to mind recently because lately I’ve found my thought life to be weak---actually, dangerous. I tend to have long imaginary therapy sessions in which I complain about all my woes to a listener who does nothing but pity me, legitimize my grumbling, and condemn anyone who might have made my life difficult. Unsurprisingly, this is really sinful and does no good whatsoever, and on those days I tend to be grumpy, discontent, and impatient. Just ask my poor husband. For my own sake and everybody else's, I desperately need to be much more disciplined in taking every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5.)
So I thought of a really practical way of meditating on truth from scripture and I figured I’d share:
Select 12 verses that should come to mind easily based off the numbers 1-12, then try to meditate on them throughout the day whenever you look at the clock.
I’ve thought of at least two ways to do this:
By the way, I’m not saying God is trying to give us special messages through our clocks, and I’m aware that the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles are helpful but not inspired by the Holy Spirit. The numbers themselves are not part of the scriptures.
That said, I don’t think I can exaggerate the value of thinking about scripture all day long, and I think this corny little method can help.
I have compiled four collections of scriptures in the categories of Comfort, Kill Sin, Gospel, and Peace & Joy and for each included a link to a printable PDF that you can cut out and put in your pocket for reference.
Sometimes I thought of more than one verse that would be really applicable, so I listed the alternative verses below. Feel free to make your own list! Also, I allowed myself the liberty of using double-digits in some cases (example: Isaiah 55 for 5:00.)
Even if you can only remember a key phrase (example: “BUT GOD from Ephesians 2:4) that can be extremely helpful for you as you go about your day, so I tried to embolden some key phrases in these verses. Obviously it’d be best if you could think on the whole scripture; keep your list in your pocket until you can remember them from memory!
Comfort Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Alternative Verses: Psalm 3:5
Kill Sin Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Ephesians 2:10, 2 Timothy 2:4, Philippians 3:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:a, Hebrews 4:15, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 66:2, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 11:58, Romans 12:11 (the whole chapter is a wealth of conviction!)
Gospel Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Altenative Verses: Jude 24, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Ephesians 1:7-10, Colossians 2:13-15, Ephesians 2:4-7, 1 Timothy 3:16, Titus 3:3-7, Romans 5:17
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, Romans 8:32
Peace & Joy Round the Clock (click here for PDF printable)
Alternative Verses: Ephesians 1:3, 1 Timothy 1:17, Psalm 33:21, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 4:7
12-verse passages that I recommend for memorization are:
1 Peter 1:1-12
Psalm 46:1-11 (and at 12:00 review as much as you can!)
I'm sure I've missed excellent scriptures so feel free to leave me a comment with a verse that would fit into one of these categories and I might add it as an edit to the post! Also, it's very possible I've taken verses out of context or misunderstood their meaning, so please let me know about that too. Almost all of these scriptures have been distinctly special to me at one point or another and all are worthy of deeper study and meditation for the rest of our lives. :)
I hope this is encouraging to you and helps you think on truth and consequently have more joy! May these verses be a lifeline to you, and if they're unfamiliar to you as of yet, may you meditate on them in context and know Jesus far more deeply and truly than you ever knew possible. (I'm praying this for myself too of course!)
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You." -Isaiah 26:3
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