The verse that awakened my joy (It’s probably not one you know!)

I’ve been in a funk lately. Just overwhelmed with everything God wants me to do and feeling downright unable to accomplish it. I know that I am not enough, but that God is. That I can’t, but He can. Even with all that bouncing around in my mind…I haven’t been feeling it. I’ve not been able to muster up much joy.

One verse reawakened my joy and silenced my crummy attitude. It will help you too!

Recently, one verse knocked me out of the paralyzing overwhelm and promptly ended my pity party. It reawakened my joy and purpose.

It’s not a verse about joy, peace, or love. It’s not a verse you’d find on social media with a background of flowers or sunsets. It’s not one that I’ve ever even noticed before, but it packs a convicting punch.

Dissecting the verse

Read why this verse should awaken your joy!

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalms 106:13 NIV

“They” in this verse refers to the Israelites who were rescued from Egypt. You could replace “they” with my name and it would still be true. I forgot what God had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.

I would encourage you to read Psalms 106 in its entirety to get the full context. I’ll give you a summary here, though, so you better understand exactly what this verse is talking about. The beginning of Psalm 106 declares that God is good and that his steadfast love endures forever. The longest section of this psalm, however, confesses and repents for the sin of the Israelites. That’s where we find our focus verse.

This bible verse awakened my joy. Have you noticed it before?

But they soon forgot what he had done…

What did they forget you ask? Oh, just the parting of the Red Sea! In the midst of their wandering, they forgot the miracles God performed on their behalf. While discouraged, they forgot how it felt to walk across the dry land to freedom.

When my mind is focused on the problems before me, it’s easy to forget all the miracles God has performed in my life.  When, instead, I focus on what he has done for me, I am filled with the assurance that He can and will come through for me again!

and did not wait for his plan to unfold.

Oh, friends. This is such a problem in my life. This waiting business is not my style. It obviously wasn’t the Israelites’ either. But his plan was leading them to Canaan, to their promised land of abundance and favor. In our lives, God’s plan is worth waiting for, too.

One verse awakened my joy and calmed my overwhelm. It will help you too!

Why this verse awakened my joy

This verse is talking about the sins of discontentment and impatience. Once I realized that my funk was caused by these sins, I confessed and repented. Calling my attitude what it was, sin, freed me to move past it into joy.

It also reminds me that God acts in miraculous ways on our behalf, like parting the Red Sea. There’s nothing He can’t do. Trusting his sovereignty lifts burdens and brings peace.

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Lastly, the fact that we can be impatient with God’s plan is assurance that he has a plan! God has an awesome plan for me that is currently unfolding. Even though it may feel like I’m wandering around in the desert, he’s providing just what I need every day. Like he did for the Israelites. Eventually, God’s path will lead me to my Canaan.


God, thank you for your steadfast love! How amazing it is that you continue to love me and continue to act for my good even though I forget what you have done and constantly doubt your plan. I repent of my sinful attitude and praise you for what you have done and what you are doing now. Help me to trust you more. Amen.




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19 thoughts on “The verse that awakened my joy (It’s probably not one you know!)

  1. This verse has resonated in my heart also. I’ve said, “Waiting on the Lord is the hardest part of being a Christian,” until I heard, “…or wishing you would have (waited).”
    Journalling helps me to remember. I too have to confess the sin of impatience and my expectations. Thankful for a God who continues to love us and draws us closer to Him.

  2. It’s what I need today and many days. I get overwhelmed with my circumstances, and feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and doubt. -I Am going to print this verse and hang it up where I can read it over and over. I need to be reminded that God does have a plan, even when I forget all He has brought me through and provided for me already. There are miracles in my life everyday. I just need to look up and pay attention.

    1. I’m so glad that it helped you! I was a little nervous about putting it out there because it’s not your “typical” inspiring verse, but it really did stop me in my tracks! I have to remember who he is and what he’s done- that’s the inspiration.

  3. Wow! Thank you for this fresh take on a verse I have all too often skipped by. You could replace ‘they’ with my name too, I am too quick to forget what God has done for me and wait for His plan to unfold. Thank you for this much needed reminder! Blessings 🙂

  4. God just used me to strike home with this verse. I copied it into my bible journal not even a half an hour ago, and now it comes up again in your blog. Not to mention I have been constantly OVERWHELMED lately. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  5. I’ve also been feeling the way you have lately. In fact, I checked your blog yesterday looking for a little encouragement. I’m thankful that God draws us back to Himself and doesn’t let us stray too far. Thanks for writing another transparent post. It is helpful to know I’m not the only one struggling with these thoughts and feelings. I too found healing in confessing my sins and receiving His forgiveness.

  6. Beka, this was so encouraging! This line, “Just overwhelmed with everything God wants me to do and feeling downright unable to accomplish it.” describes very accurately how I’ve been feeling lately. Reading this was a great shot in the arm to remind me of God’s faithfulness. Thanks!

  7. Such great reflections on this verse Beka! Thank you for sharing in your vulnerability and honesty. This verse reminds me I have a grace God grants me daily. Then it also reminds me of the lack of grace I often show my own children. Lord help me to shine the same grace towards my children that you shine on me daily. @at_home_with_kids

  8. Beka, I needed this reminder today. So much is going on in life, and I feel so impatient with not knowing where to go or what to do. It makes me on edge. Just earlier today, I was doing something with a nervous earnest, and I thought, “what is wrong with me…why am I nervous?” Ultimately, I think it’s impatience. Thank you again for this!

  9. This was great! I definitely relate to the waiting part. “How much longer God? Haven’t I been faithful long enough? When will it happen?” Even though I KNOW his timing is always perfect. I’ve experienced it time and time again. But somehow that waiting gets me every time.

  10. Wow, it is one that you wouldn’t think of but so powerful. I studied out every verse on joy a few years ago and made a printable with the Greek and Hebrew roots so I thought I would know it for sure. So true when we forget what we should remember we slip into despair. Sharing and pinning!

  11. You are so right, Beka. It is easy to forget the great and wonderful things God has done for us. We listen to the lies whispered in our ears and bit by bit, we become discouraged. Time to nip that in the bud and take action against the lies. Time to focus on how God has answered previous prayers, knowing that He will continue to do so! Thank you for this encouraging post and this verse.

  12. Beka, recently, a blogger friend nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. The challenge is to nominate others, and I nominated you because when I came here the other day, I felt the weight I was feeling lift! Thank you for your obedience to writing what God gives you!

    For details on the nomination, check out my recent post on the Mystery Blogger Award. 🙂

  13. My husband and I are currently in the “waiting room” — we’ve been waiting for a year now for the Lord to bring about a job opening that would allow us to move across the country so that we can be with our son, daughter-in-law, and 8 grandchildren. They all want us there and we want to be there ! Things have moved very slow for us but we all continue to believe that this is what the Lord would have us do. We feel frustrated at times that it seems like nothing is happening and that the Lord is not hearing our prayers. We too often forgot all that He has done for us in the past. We especially want the Lord to bring this miracle about so that our grandchildren will see this marvelous thing that He has done for us. Our family is a very, very close family and we love living our lives and worshipping together. We pray that the Lord will soon provide the job we need so that we can get moved to be with our family. Your message today truly blessed me.

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