The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7
Nahum 1:7. It was in the Bible and it was his verse. Church has always been a part of my culture. From the time I was born it seems I always found my way to a building with a steeple on top. That also means I bumped into several pastors and preachers too. Each one left a fingerprint on my life and because of that each one made a difference. Speaking of different…each one was. Different gifts, talents, and personalities, but each one made an impact. I am grateful.
When my wife Judy and I moved to Germany in 1977 for a stint overseas with the Air Force, we were fortunate to have a church not too far from where we lived and the base where I worked. It wasn’t long before we were part of that family. In fact, it wasn’t long before we were good friends with the pastor and his wife. He was a young pastor, had an infectious smile and a great personality and we hit it off right from the start. We were about five or six years different in our ages, so he was kinda like a big brother only he wasn’t very big…but his heart was.
One of the things (literally) that I liked about hanging with Steve (not his real name) was he had a new shiny, red Volkswagen sports car. It was great on curves and it was plenty fast and since Germany had lots of curves and often no speed limit on the autobahn…well, it was fun. I guess in some ways we were like a couple of teenagers.
Steve also was a Godly guy. He really tried to live his faith out. One of the things that he shared with me was his “life verse.” In case you don’t know what that is, it is a verse from that Bible that jumps off the page at you and gets stuck in your mind and heart. So, Steve’s verse came from one of those books in the Old Testament that no one can find. It is called the Book of Nahum and his verse came from chapter one, and verse seven. It goes like this, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”
It is the kind of verse that you gotta love. It is the kind of verse that can be a lifeline when the sea of life gets rough. It isn’t that the verse has any magic powers, it’s just that it contains a boatload of truth. God is good, and it isn’t that He just does good, He is good. He is like a place you can run to when things go south, and He remembers my name, your name, our names. Those are great truths when the sun is shining in life and really, great truths when the storm clouds roll in…just like it did for Steve one day.
Without warning, he learned that his marriage was over, there was another guy. It was just one of those crazy things that happen, and it broke his heart and our hearts. The bottom line, he decided it was best to head back to the states and in a short while…he was gone. I never saw him again but if by chance he reads this someday, I hope he knows there were some things that stuck with me…like his life verse. No, his verse didn’t become mine, but it stuck. God is good, God is a refuge, God knows my name.
How about you? Do you have a verse that jumped off the page one day and into your heart and life? Mine for a real long time has been Proverbs 3:5-6 but for the last several years it has had some real competition with Psalm 37:23-24. Check them out…they are both awesome scriptures. That is one thing about the Bible. Even if you’ve never taken the leap of faith to believe, and I hope you will, you will find it an incredible Book of wisdom and knowledge and who knows, if you try it, it might just leap right into your life. God is good, God is a refuge, God knows my name. It was good back in 1977, it is good today, and when I launch from here to there, it will still be good. And no matter the circumstance, no matter the deal, it reminds me that, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne