Thursday, October 8, 2015

Patience And Comfort From The Word

"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."
Romans 15:4 (NKJV)

Everyone has different tastes, things they like and don't like.  Personally I like to ride on roller coasters.  For me, going through the ups and downs as well as the curves on these amusement park rides are great!  But, while I really do like to ride on roller coasters I do not want to spend my entire life on one.  A roller coaster is fun for a while and even though I enjoy them it is not where I want to be all day, every day.  There are things like this that can be fun for a while but before long they lose their appeal, we all like things to be a little more settled than what we would experience on a roller coaster.

Romans 15:4 points out some very important truths for us as believers.  First it tells us that the things that were written before, in God's Word, were written for our learning.  God cares about us so much that He had some things written that can help us in our life.  Second we see that the Scriptures, God's Word, give us patience and comfort so that we can have hope.  This is another great thing to know; God's Word brings comfort to us and helps us to be patient.  The word patient here means to have cheerful or hopeful endurance, or we could say that it is talking about staying the same all the time.

God gave us His Word for a reason and His Word will do something in us.  God does not want us to have a roller coaster life where we are up and down all the time, living life based on our circumstances or feelings.  There is another good point here too, what we hear from God and His Word will bring us stability and comfort.  God wants to help us not hurt us, even if we have made a mistake.  If we hear something that brings fear, confusion, or doubt then it is not coming from God and His Word.  God wants us to life a life of stability and peace so we can do His will and help others to do the same.

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