Why trials aren’t a bad thing

Posted: June 5, 2016 in Thoughts on God

Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors. (Psalm 119:24 ESV)

The Bible isn’t simply a thick rule book God threw down from atop Mount Sinai. Rather, it’s a collection of testimonies, or the story of God coming through for his people. Though Scripture does contain lists like the Ten Commandments and books like Leviticus, it is primarily comprised of the stories of God’s people. In short, the Bible is a book about God written by him through people. The very way that he chose to reveal himself to us displays that he wants to be in relationship with us. And, like the Psalmist, those testimonies should be our delight!

We should delight in them because:

  1. They are true and unflinching (John 17:17; Mark 14:66-72).
  2. They speak to every direction of life because God’s scope is unlimited (Isaiah 48:3).
  3. They are infinitely wise (1 Corinthians 1:25; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), even if many of the people in them were not.

Revisit these Scriptures when you meet with God in his word and be thankful. In the Bible we have the greatest source of truth, direction and wisdom that has ever been. And again, how did God choose to teach and reveal these to us? Through the stories of both the faithful and unfaithful in Scripture. Not only do we witness the blessing of the righteous but the end result of wickedness. God shows us in real life through real people how real Christianity ought to be lived. He has not left us in the dark.

Delight in the Bible’s testimonies as they are our ancient counselors.


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