Birthdays mark special occasions in our lives, especially for every Christian.
Not only do they mark an additional year to our age, but they provide fantastic opportunities to bring our friends and family together. Nothing better than sharing festive desserts, whimsical décor, and of course, a piece of cake with our loved ones.
As for Christians, birthdays are special occasions to look back at the faithfulness of the Lord. Testify how He has helped us through trials by filling us with supernatural hope and peace. And, of course, we are presented with more opportunities to walk with Him in the coming years.
PRAYER FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY:
Thank you, God, for another year of your goodness, mercies, grace, and faithfulness. Thank you that you caused all things to happen for good and your peace was with me in times of trials. As I mark this milestone, I make a prayer of thanksgiving to You. Amen.
If you have a friend or family member who has an upcoming birthday, birthday wishes go a long way to make the occasion memorable. Even better, wishing them inspirational words from the Bible will help them grow in the word and draw them nearer to God. If you want a Bible verse for your birthday card wishes, here are 44 inspirational verses for you to choose from:
1. Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
These words may have been made to the ancient Jews during the Babylonian exile, but they also represent God's unchanging heart towards His people.
2. Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord, your God, is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah was a unique prophet in that he was of royal blood, as he descended from King Hezekiah.
3. James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
The writer of this book was thought to be James the Just, the half-brother of Jesus.
4. Psalm 65:11
You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
This psalm is a pairing of a psalm and a song. This means it can be sung or recited.
5. Psalm 91:16
With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Though this psalm has no title and thus not clear who wrote it, it is thought to have been written by Moses because its themes are the same as Psalm 90, which was written by Moses.
6. James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
This is an excellent reminder that temptations are God's way of testing how genuine we are and our strength in faith.
7. Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
In the Hebrew bible, this poem is made of single lines that are then grouped in threes, and the first bunch starts with aleph, the second bunch, beth, and so forth.
8. Ecclesiastes 11:8
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
The Book of Ecclesiastes is quite an unusual book to understand. It has a sense of hopeless despair, contains no peace or praise, and sometimes encourages questionable conduct. However, the author's words prove that it is futile and foolish to lead a life without considering eternity.
9. Psalm 71:6-8
From birth, I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you. I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
This psalm has no title, but the recurring theme is that of a prayer made by an aged believer, who is backed by a holy reliance on faith, and strengthened by their remarkable experiences, prays against his enemies while requesting more blessings.
10. Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Earlier on, in verse 8, Paul had pointed out that 'what a man sows, that he will reap.' As such, verse 9 requires that Christians be patient as harvest doesn't come instantly.
11. Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
These were the words of Solomon to his son on trusting the covenant God fully. Trust in the Lord is a consistent theme across the Bible.
12. Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This prayer and blessing are appropriate because when these blessings come upon us, we can live in unity as the Lord calls us to.
13. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 -18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
These verses are an outline of what a Christian is to experience throughout their walk with Christ.
14. John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This chapter contains the best summary of what the gospel is and its saving power.
15. Psalm 107:1
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
The phrase 'His love endures forever' is used over 30 times in the psalms as a whole.
16. Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
This is an exhortation on heeding the word of God and trusting in Him fully.
17. Psalm 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
Verse 11 and verse 12 of this chapter were quoted and twisted by Satan while tempting Jesus in the desert.
18. Psalm 20:4
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
This psalm's recurring theme is a prayer made on behalf of Israel's king by the multitude.
19. Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
These words were uttered by God to Joshua, Moses' assistant, who had taken over Israel's leadership after Moses had died.
20. Numbers 6:24-26
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
These were the words that the Lord wanted Aaron and his sons to say when blessing the Israelites.
21. Proverbs 9:11
For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
There are benefits derived from wisdom through a long life.
22. Psalm 118:24
The Lord has done it this very day; Let us rejoice today and be glad.
This psalm has no title. However, Ezra 3:10-11 suggests a psalm by David that was sung when the second temple was being founded.
23. Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
By taking delight in the Lord, God roots our desires in His will and is therefore willing to grant them to us.
24. Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Being God's handiwork means we are His' work of art', and this work of art is evident in our works.
25. Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
This psalm is titled A Prayer of Moses the man of God. It is the only song of Moses in the psalms.
26. 2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
A gift, in this case, could mean the sacrifice of Jesus or salvation.
27. John 16:21
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come, but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
This was Jesus' way of showing that the disciples' sorrow over His departure would be connected to their joy.
28. 3 John 1:2
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
John often used this phrase in sending best wishes to Gaius.
29. Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
This psalm is titled A Michtam of David. Michtam is thought to mean golden.
30. Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
This makes up part of the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount.
31. Psalm 27:4-7
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
There is a noticeable change between the first and second half of this psalm that it is suggested that these were two separate psalms brought together.
32. Psalm 138:8
The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
This psalm of David is a declaration that even kings will praise the Lord.
33. Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
This verse shows that God's concern over our lives begins even before we are conceived.
34. Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
This verse shows us that we are set with eternity in our hearts, yet God does not reveal everything to us but has placed a yearning in us.
35. Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you, and I will rescue you.
This is an illustration of God's fatherly love, as is shown by Jesus in Luke 12:6-7.
36. Philippians 1:6
being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Because God had begun the work among the Philippians, Paul was confident that He would complete it as God always completes His works.
37. Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah was a Hebrew prophet, who hailed from a priestly family, and his ministry spanned 40 years.
38. Jeremiah 17:7-8
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
Jeremiah drew the imagery of this verse from Psalms 1.
39. Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.
This was a psalm of David where David was crying out to the Lord while praising Him for heeding and answering his prayer.
40. Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Like many of David's psalms, this psalm was probably written from a period of trouble. However, it portrays confidence in the Lord.
41. Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
As we seek Him, the Lord pours His strength into us, the power to soar over everything else.
42. Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
'Do not be anxious..' is a command and not an option.
43. Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
The Lord never abandons us. If we seek Him, He is ready to receive us.
44. 2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
Paul was aware that Timothy could become timid and wanted him to know that this fear was not from God.
Taking the time to reflect on your walk with God is essential as it helps not forget the works of God over your life. Birthdays present tremendous opportunities to do this. With those verses, you'll be able to bring a spirit of thanksgiving into the occasion.
If you have an upcoming birthday, I pray that you trust in the Lord in the coming year, that you may be like a tree planted by the waters that will never dry but produces fruit in season. Forget not what the Lord has done for you. This I pray in faith. Amen.