Sunday, December 1, 2019

Romans 15:4 -- On Leaving Hope for the Future

"For 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

I like the idea of the scriptures being written for us by our predecessors who wanted us to have hope.  That's what God wants too, which is why he asks people to write and to share their experiences... asking us all to write in our journals, and for other people to write histories of the doings of the prophets.  Then, if we're lucky, we get a great editor like Mormon who comes along and combs through all the records, compiling a history for us.

The scriptures, which we so often take for granted, were a labor of love for those who came before.  Some of them saw our day, and others didn't, but they all wanted to help us.  It's a cool idea, thinking about the people back then trying to decide what would be most important for us, and being guided by the Spirit to put in things that would be important in the future.  Maybe that is something that we want to do for others as well.  What better legacy could we leave to our descendants, or anyone who comes after us in life?

Today, let's get out our journals or letter-writing supplies and let's do something for the future.  Let's write a letter to the people who come after about what we've seen, and why they should have hope.  ... Whether it makes it into future scriptures, is read by our descendants, or whether it just inspires us to think about the reasons for hope in our lives, it is a good exercise that we can do with God. :)

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