Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the comfort of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Scripture comforts because it presents evidence that God is patient with us during our lapses of faith. He does not ask or expect perfection. He asks for commitment and perseverance. Because he knows we will not trust him unfailingly, he comforts us in the sorrow of our failure, and draws us on through forgiveness and restoration. “I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and give them joy for their sorrow. … my people shall be satisfied with my goodness.” declares the Eternal. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” said Jesus. Abraham, Job, Moses, David, Peter, and Paul did not begin as “giants” of the faith. After Abraham distrusted God, so that he went to Egypt and let Sarah be taken into a harem, God rescued him and brought him back to Canaan, where he confidently allowed Lot to choose any part of the land he desired. The God of the impossible satisfied his heart, so he was comforted enough to grow in faith and persevere with hope. Peter faltered in the High Priest’s courtyard, but because Jesus had prayed that his faith not fail, he was restored, strengthened his brothers, and became the fuse the Holy Spirit used to ignite the Church.
Merciful Father, open my eyes to see your willingness to forgive and restore our relationship. Take away my fear of failing again and grant me the perseverance I need to keep following Jesus in the obedience of faith. Amen.