|“For everything that was written in the |
past was written to teach us, so that
through endurance and the encouragement
of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
For many years, the Bible has occupied the place as the number one selling book in all of literature. In fact, a According to the Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.
Yet, in spite of this appropriate accolade, the fact remains that many Bibles sit on bookshelves, or on coffee tables, or on nightstands, or in some other place where they are seldom, if ever, opened and read. That’s truly a shame. Why? Because the Bible contains the story of God’s relationship with the humans He has created. And, because the Bible is the greatest message of hope ever provided for the consumption of humankind.
The Apostle Paul specifically declares these encouraging words, found in Romans 15:4:
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Our great hope comes from the reality recorded in God’s written Word, the Bible. We are most foolish if we do not take advantage of what the Bible has to share with us.
Let’s begin this new day by determining to read our Bibles and put into practice the hope we find on its pages. If we do that, we will greatly improve our own lives and greatly improve the world around us.