“Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
Last Sunday at the 11:00am service, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, President of Livingstone College, stood in our pulpit and eloquently shared the tremendous responsibility of being an excellent learner or student. However, the greatest of all learning is the learning we get from the Word of God. You see, the Word of God instructs us in the most important matters of life.
In this verse Paul speaks of three areas of learning which we gain from the Scriptures. First, Paul speaks of patience. We need patience more than ever before. You see, the world’s TV commercials emphasizes getting everything right now. That’s why fast food restaurants are so popular because very few people are willing to sit down and order a meal at a traditional restaurant nowadays. Patience is a virtue of immense value and none of us have enough of it. But we can learn it from the Word of God.
Secondly, Paul talks about comfort. We live in a very discomforting world. It can get rocky and bumpy at times, and often we hit these rough areas of life without shock absorbers. But the Scriptures will give us the comfort we need for the rough places of life. I remember not too long ago I went to visit a member at one of the local hospitals and upon entering the room, they wanted me to read the Word of God to them. I noticed that there was a newspaper and a magazine in their room, yet they wanted the comfort that only the Word of God can provide.
Finally, he speaks of hope. The world does not give us any hope. Rather, it gives us a lot of hopelessness. But the Bible gives a lot of hope. It will give us hope amid our trials and tribulations. It will give us hope for the future. If you want hope in your life, go to the Bible. In fact, I invite each of you to join us on each Tuesday (8a & 11a) for the Hour of Power Bible Study with the pastor. There are also other Bible study opportunities on Thursdays (second and fourth) at 7pm.
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Sunday, May 6, 2018