Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Romans 15.4
What encourages you? Is it a friend or a family member? Maybe it is a song or a favorite saying or verse. Is it that pod cast that you like to listen to every week?
Paul explained to the Romans that the purpose of the Scriptures was to teach. Everything that had been written before in the Old Testament was for our instruction.
In the Old Testament, you read about the creation and how this world came to exist. You read about Abraham and God’s promise to him and how it came to fulfillment. You read of Moses who lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. You read of the kings, both good and bad, that ruled Israel and Judah after the tribes were divided. You read of the prophets who kept calling a disobedient people back to God.
The New Testament tells of Jesus, his life, his death, and his return to life. His victory over evil. We read of God’s patience that will one day come to an end.
These things help you to endure, to realize that you are not alone, that others have gone through the same trials that you also face. That even though you stumble and fall, you can get back up, and keep going.
The scriptures give hope. Hope that you will continue to stand with your faith strongly anchored in Jesus, who is the author of salvation. God wants to talk to you. Will you listen?