By Pastor Mark Jordan
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4, NIV)
Have you ever found yourself going through something like the Bible and began skimming or skipping a verse or passage because it seems familiar? I know I have. There’s one word I want to offer if that’s the case: STOP.
The Apostle Paul wrote that everything written in the past was done so to remind us where we’ve been and to point us where we’re going. This gives clarity, even in the midst of the mystery, because we know we don’t have to go through it alone. Paul wrote about how this points to endurance, helping to remind you to keep moving forward when you otherwise might feel like stopping. This leads to a very important word to end this paragraph: ENCOURAGEMENT.
Encouragement is directly linked to confidence. When you have confidence, you know you can face uncertainties with faith that no matter what happens, it isn’t too big to meet or beat. Knowing what is in your past helps you see God’s fingerprints all over your circumstance, and provides faith that He didn’t leave you then, and He’ll be with you still. Again, this is about knowing where you’ve been to point you where you’re going. When you know this, you’ll find the confidence to face the future unafraid. In a word: FAITH.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for today’s word. I see there is a definite connection between endurance, encouragement, and confidence. Knowing you’ve been with me in the past helps me march boldly into the future. May I do this perpetually in the name of Jesus, for it’s in His name I pray. Amen.