Good morning all,
The word of the day is “provenance.” A frequent question I get as a pastor is how I can believe in the Bible when there is so much stuff out there to challenge it. Without going into too much about that specific question, my real thought is that as a Christian I believe in the Bible because of my experience with God. Like many who have had encounters with Jesus, there is something about the Bible that rings true. Yes, I did go to school for 1 million years and learned about every verse of every passage of every book in the entire Bible. But that is not why I believe in God's word. I believe in God's word because it is the origin, the only encouragement that I need as a Christian.
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.
My question is: how do you respond to the instruction from the Bible? We can be confident that whatever was written in former days is specifically for our encouragement, that we must endure using the Scriptures. It says right in this passage, and this specific verse, that that is where our hope must come from. My prayer is that you have this hope in your heart. Whenever you doubt anything of God, make sure you go back to the provenance, or origin. God will bring us the answers that you need. And, I am not sure that I even want all the answers. What I do want is a hope that I will be with my Savior one day. My encouragement is that you have that reassurance today.
Praying for you,