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 perfect success in our efforts to live a godly life. 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. God says, “I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, exchanging joy for sorrow. … I will satisfy my people with my goodness.” Jeremiah exults, “Yahweh’s kindnesses do not end, nor his great compassion. He renews them every morning. Great is your faithfulness!” “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, went to Egypt, and let Sarah be taken into a harem, God rescued him and brought him back to Canaan. There Abraham 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 prayed that his faith not fail, he was restored to strengthen his brothers and become the fuse the Holy Spirit lit to ignite the Church.
Merciful Father, open my eyes to see your willingness to forgive and restore our relationship. Remove my fear of failing again and grant me the perseverance I need to keep following Jesus in the obedience of faith.
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