Scripture written for our instruction - that we might have hope (Romans 15:4)

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." - Romans 15:4

The Scriptures were written to bring us hope and instruction. I wonder how many of us still read the Bible as a list of dos and don'ts. Or rather read it as an obligation rather than a book of freedom and hope giving encouragement.

Instruction is less about dos and don'ts than it is about wisdom. When someone older and wiser is giving you instruction it is hope filled, useful and exciting. When I seek advice from someone I'm at a loss for what to do and any direction is extremely encouraging.

Today I was helping a new believer understand what the Bible is. I was fascinated because I hadn't said these things in a while. Telling him about Isaiah and how he was a prophet and wrote about who Jesus was a LONG time before Jesus came. Sharing about how this book was written 2000-3000 years ago and maybe even parts of it were written before that.

We have fascinating Scripture. But not fascinating in the way buddhist scripture is, because this is THE inspired word of God. Written for OUR instruction.

That we might have hope.