June 16, Bible Hope

Today’s reading: Psalm 76-80

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” - Psalm 77:11.

The psalmist was in a tough place, as they often were, and he determined to take solace and encouragement from the miracles God performed for Israel in ages past. In other words, the psalmist went to the Scriptures to find help in time of trouble. If you are going through a tough time, you can certainly draw on the past for help by remembering what God has done for you. If you cannot find help there, however, you can and should go to the Bible to find consolation and support from what God did for others centuries ago. Your thinking should be, “If He did it for them, He can do it for me!” Paul referred to this role the Bible should have in your life when he wrote: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Do you have a favorite character in the Bible from whom you draw strength and instruction? Are you using the Word as your personal cheerleader and oxygen tank when you are down or having trouble breathing in encouragement?