Met with my leadership coach today and we both reminded ourselves that we are attracted to God, as sinners, because He gives us a living hope.
That hope is not found in our day-to-day experiences when we read our news, or a piece of modern literature etc. The world is a dark and dismal place.
Because of what scripture has declared in the past, we can anticipate hope, with confidence, in the future. For what the scriptures have declared in the past has already come true.
The Old Testament relates the story of God’s history – power, faithfulness and love – providing a foundation for understanding the New Testament. We can learn from the faith, and faithfulness of those who have gone before us – inspired, comforted and judged – all of this producing hope from promises fulfilled.
Loving God,The written scriptures bring us your stories, and we have gladly heard them, some of us again and again and again. We thank you that your story brings new fresh hope and steadfast sure encouragement to those who hear. We pray that your story would be heard in our community with crisp fresh life, new power, green shoots of hope, sprouting potential and a tender invitation to respond.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4