“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Paul is saying that that even though the Old Testament was written before, they were written to still teach us today, not just those who read them in the past. The Scriptures are for us too – to bring encouragement and hope to God’s people in every generation. They help us to endure through suffering and give us hope. It is still the Word of God yesterday, today, and forever, and we can always fall back on God’s word.
- Do you meditate on the word daily? Do you find that you are more encouraged when you do?
- What are some verses that you can share with someone who is in need of hope and encouragement in their life?
- Do you believe that God’s Word is still applicable today? Why?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?