Saturday, February 7th

Sustaining Hope

“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)

I pray that during this week you have been encouraged, challenged and strengthened in your study of His Word. Paul says that the endurance we learn and the encouragement we get from Scripture gives us hope. That’s a powerful statement!

I value God’s Word because I desperately need it. The Bible is the primary means by which we relate to God, we grow closer to Him, we understand who He is, what He cares about and how He’s called us to live. It enables us to discern His voice from the Enemy’s and it gives us a weapon to fight the half-truths, faulty assumptions and flat-out lies of the world. It is a lamp to our feet and light to our path as we navigate life’s twists and turns. It is pure, enlightening and it stands forever.

Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Matthew that ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ We need it—it’s our sustenance. And we can’t grab hold of all He has for us when we let our Bibles collect dust on our shelves or only trust the “trained professionals” to read and translate it for us. There’s a never-ending wealth of spirit and life for you in the pages of Scripture—and it’s not too late to begin!

Prayer:  Father, I thank You for the powerful, available, life-sustaining Word You’ve given me.  Give me an ever-increasing love and desire for Your Word. As I read the Scripture teach me and mold me into more of who You are. Amen.

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