“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
There is much power in the Word of God. Not only is the Bible for our Christian learning, but it gives us hope as well. When we are comforted with the Scriptures we have hope. In fact, the reason why a person wouldn’t have hope is because they are lacking in the area of hearing and reading the Bible.
There is a story in Luke 24 about two disciples walking down the road to Emmaus. In their minds, Jesus had failed in His mission. He had been crucified, and He was gone. They had set their hopes on Him, thinking He would redeem Israel. They were sad and very disappointed. As they were walking along the road, a stranger joined them. They didn’t know who it was, but it was Jesus.
Jesus asked them why they were so sad. So they began sharing Jesus with Jesus. And they weren’t doing a very good job of it. They said, “We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to redeem Israel”. Then Jesus gave them a summary of all the Old Testament passages that pointed to Him. As He talked with them on the road, they had their hope restored. And when they sat down to eat with Jesus, they realized it was Him. Then He suddenly disappeared.
So how did Jesus restore hope to these disciples? He restored it through the Scriptures. Of all people, we who are followers of Jesus should be filled with hope. Are you filling yourself with hope straight from the Scriptures?
Lord, give me hope through your word today. Give me a word that will set my heart on fire for you. Let me meditate on it and let it live in my heart.