“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 NASB2020)
There is Power in God’s Word
Many of us think that the Bible was written long ago for the people in those times, and that what was written does not apply to us today. We use this as an excuse for not reading or studying the Bible. This is why far too many of us are biblically illiterate and live in fear and distress. We have no comfort, no peace, and no hope.
However, through the Apostle Paul, God reminds us of this. He tells us that even though the Scriptures were written long ago, God intended for His Word to apply to us today. He said that all that was written in the Scriptures years before us, was written for us today, to learn and obey, so that through the perseverance of our obedience, and the comfort the Scriptures give us, we may have hope. (Romans 15:4). Our hope comes through God’s Word, His promises to us. It comforts us and strengthens us during difficult and painful times, and it gives us eternal hope for our future. However, we must read it, study it, memorize it, obey it, and share it with others for it to have an effect on us. Are you living in the hope, peace, and joy of the Scriptures?
How will you respond to what God has taught you today? In what way will you apply what you have learned to your life? With whom will you share what you have learned?