For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (KJV)
The author, Paul, is saying that the Old Testament scriptures weren’t written for only the people of that time frame but were written for the teaching of all people, regardless of the era.
God has kept the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) alive and well read for centuries. Why? He intended for all people to learn from his Word, finding comfort through the reading of events and experiences of others.
The Bible demonstrates how God’s people stood rooted and learned to praise him in all situations. With biblical understanding, we can also grow in His ways and learn to keep a smile on our faces and hope in our hearts, as we walk through all phases of life, with peace.
Dear Father in Heaven
Thank you Father for leaving the Bible for us. It is full of information that teaches us, through accounts of people’s lives and their stories, how we are (and sometimes are not) to handle all the different events of our lives, good and bad.
By reading the scriptures I can see where mistakes were made and how some people grew through their choices and some didn’t. However I can definitely see your hand at work in every situation of every generation written about.
Help me Father to continue studying the Bible and learning through the lessons I read. Help me to listen and be guided by the Holy Spirit, to live as Jesus taught and to always remain close to you in prayer.
Thank you for loving me as you do. In the name of Jesus.