So many of us our waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled, but we must wait with hope and that is why we have God’s Word recorded for us, so that we might learn what God has done through others in the past. By studying how God has responded to others in the past, it gives us hope for how God will respond to us in the future.
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4
Reading the story of the trial of Job should give us hope that God can turn even the worst situation around for HIS glory. Reading the story of Abraham having to wait 25 years for the birth of his son Isaac should give us hope when we are waiting on God’s perfect timing in our own life. Reading the story of Joseph and how he was betrayed and lied about gives us hope that God really does work all things together for HIS good for those who love HIM and are called according to HIS purposes.(Romans 8:28)
It is easy to hear verses out of the scripture and become dejected because they seem like they are impossible to fulfill. However, God did not just give us a bunch of dos and don’ts, He also gave us real live examples of those who demonstrated many of the principles on how we are supposed to live our lives. When we learn a principle out of the Bible, we will often find an example in the scriptures of someone who demonstrated that principle for HIS glory.
Our hope does not come from our own strength. Our hope does not come from our own talents and abilities. Our hope does not come from how good of a person we might be. No, our hope comes from our patience that we develop as we wait upon God. As we grow in our relationship with God, we learn just who God is and what HE has in store for us.
God desires our obedience more so than our sacrifices. God is not looking for how many rules you can set up for yourself so that you might be the most spiritual. God desires that you learn to maintain a right relationship with HIM and allow HIM to guide us every step of the way.