Today’s Scripture: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

Why did God give us His written Word when He could have just sent angels? The Bible was given to provide hope. The things God has shown us in His Word are for our learning. What are we to learn from the Scriptures? 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Scripture is given to teach us doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. In other words, we are to learn Who God is, how we have wronged Him, how to get right with Him, and what we should do to please Him.

God’s Word tells us that He is holy. Because we are sinners, our sin separates us from Him. Our Heavenly Father loved us so much He sent His only begotten Son to die for us “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) After we have been restored to Him, He tells us how we should live. Through this knowledge of God’s Word, we can have hope.

Scripture tells us that we will spend eternity with God if we have accepted the free gift of salvation through His Son. His Word gives us promises that we can cling to. We can be confident that the things God has said will come to pass. If we go through this life waiting for God to do what He said He would do, we can be confident no matter what we face. We have the hope that we will be in Heaven with Him. We have the hope that all things work together for good to them that love God. We have the hope that He will never leave us nor forsake us. These truths from God’s Word should be a comfort to us.

No matter what we may face, God has promised His help and presence, His protection and guidance, and His love and mercy. We know this because He has given us His Word. Take some time this week to thank God for the comfort of the Scriptures and the hope we have through them.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.