Daily Insight for March 1
“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.” Romans 15:4
Bible gives us the true life histories of people who lived on this planet earth. They are exhibit A and case studies proving God’s love and faithfulness. God uses their life histories to encourage and equip you. Bible also reminds us God uses people’s past to shape and prepare them for the future services for Him. Whatever happened in the past in your life –good or bad- God is able and willing to use for the furtherance of His kingdom. An important side note -God is eager to use the bad things that happened in the past -your painful experiences, betrayals, sufferings and even failures-for his wonderful glory. The reason is God can turn your bad to good and for his glory. You would not do it. Your family and friends would not do it. However, God would.
You see people may have left you; friends may have abandoned you, wealth may have disappeared, health may have deteriorated. Your children may go astray; your spouse may have died before you, your brothers or sisters may accuse and talk against you. In the midst of all, you would figure out God is one hundred percent faithful and would never leave you nor abandon you. God loves and cares for you and can sovereignly turn around all bad and painful experiences of the past to make you more mature, strong, resilient, equipped and ready to serve him. God has yet plans for you. He has not finished with you yet.
You see, your neighborhood, your workplace, your city, your nation, and the whole world is filled with people who are deeply broken one way or another. The people who are hurt deeply failed sadly and then bounced back with God’s help and grace would be able to hold the hands of those who are hurt and minister confidently. Broken people are generally hungry and thirsty for God’s care, mercy, and love. God open the horizons of your opportunities and sends you as His ambassador to people around you who are ready for harvest.
Our today’s insight says” 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.” Bible is God’s manual for your life. It teaches you endurance-perseverance or hanging tough when things go wrong. You do not raise the white flag and quit. Bible divinely stimulates encouragement inside you. Finally, it gives unshakable hope amid seemingly hopeless situations.
God’s word is the heavenly wonder bread and living water that energizes you. It boosts your energy and stamina more than an energy bar, or energy drink could ever do. God’s wonder bread and a jar of water gave superior strength to Elijah. He traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb with some bread and a jar of wonder drink.
Bible is written to give us superior and divine strength, endurance, encouragement, and hope when all else fails. It provides light and direction during darkness and confusion. Keep the Bible your daily diet. Daily wonder bread — regular energy drink.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, help me to read and study the Bible every day. May you and your words give me endurance, encouragement, and hope. I know all the things happened in my life was for a divine purpose. I surrender my life and my painful experiences to your throne. Use me, my pains, my hurts and all for your glory. Use me to touch people who are hurting. I believe Jesus Christ, your son died and rose again for my sins. I surrender my life to you and for your purpose. I am available and use me, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”