One of my favorite verses about the Bible is Romans 15:4: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
The Bible is a book filled with stories.
The Bible is a book filled with stories of real people.
The Bible is a book filled with stories of real people who went through real stuff.
The Bible is a book filled with stories of real people who went through real stuff, just like you are going through.
The word “patience” in this verse tell you that you have everything it takes to get through what you are going through. Noah got through the flood. Moses got through the bondage. David got through the battle with Goliath. Daniel got through the lions’ den. You can get through this!
The word “comfort” means “present along side you, strengthening you.” You are not alone in what you are going through. God is there. God is strengthening you. Sometimes, you just have to acknowledge Him. That God is absent from your situation is a figment of your imagination. He’s there, but He may be there in a way that you have not quite figured out yet.
The word “hope” means there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Your situation is not permanent. If you are in the valley, your mountain is just ahead. If you are in the night, morning is on the way.
The Bible is a book to be learned. It’s a book to be lived. It’s not a magic book. It’s a strategy book.
The Bible is more than a devotional book. The purpose of the Bible is not for you to read it for an hour so that you can feel good about your situation.
The Bible is an action book. Read a verse or two, a section or two, a chapter or two. Find out what real people in real situations similar to yours did. Then go do it.