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.
Text interactions like this leave me so curious. I want to know what the “funniest story ever” is all about. When in reality, the fact the message isn’t intended for me probably also means that the story wouldn’t actually be relevant enough to my situation for me to deem it the "funniest" anyway.
But when it comes to the Bible, we can rest assure that we are the intended recipient. In fact everything that is written is written with us in mind and has the overarching goal of us experiencing hope in every situation. David’s victory over a giant builds our hope when we face insurmountable odds; Esther’s confidence to stand up for the oppressed fuels our hope that we might be catalytic in bringing justice to our circumstance; Jesus calming literal storms gives me hope that He can, and will, calm the figurative storms in my life as well.
As we read these Scriptures over the next five weeks, let’s approach each one with the expectation that God wants to use it to speak right to us, and let’s be ready to receive the hope that He longs for us to experience.