"Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled."
Romans 15:4 (NLT)
Prior to the beginning of this summer, I decided that we in Epic Jv would be looking at people of the Old Testament. Romans 15:4 has been a constant reminder of why we are doing this. From Daniel and his refusal to stop praying to Moses and his call at the burning bush. From Gideon taking his 300 dog drinker army to Elijah and his reliance and unwavering belief in the power of God, it truly has been, at least for me, a summer of encouragement, hope, and a great deal of learning. This weekend we looked at Ruth and how she steadfastly lived out the words of Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." I was once again challenged to think of others first.
Is has been encouraging to know that there are others who have come before and lived out the words of God.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."