SIH’s Think On These Things: Romans 15:4
Rom 15:4 (KJV) For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Another very important gift of grace that we should be ever appreciative of is the Word of the Lord that He has handed down to us…
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning”
The Word of God was handed down from God to man, specifically to teach God’s people. The giving of His Word is an act of God’s grace motivated by His great love and care for His people.
In 2 Tim 3:16-17, we read that the Lord’s Word was intended to benefit the saints. It does this by revealing truth; warning of error; showing how to correct errors; and encouraging greater service for Christ… All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
“that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
The profits gained from the Word can be summed up in two basic ideas… patience and comfort. When the Word is applied to our hearts, it stirs within us both patience and comfort as we continue our life’s course on earth. It is this same Word that gives us hope, as we eagerly await the receipt of the many promises of God for this world and the eternity to come.
The importance of His Word cannot be over emphasized. Job, a Godly man who went through severe trials of His faith, looked upon the Word as of ultimate importance for his life… I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food]. (Job 23:12)
The easiest way for us to develop an appreciation for God’s Word is to, with serious reflection, ask ourselves this question… “What would my life be like if I had never come in contact with His Word?”
May we forever thank Him for His Word that He has given to us.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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