For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.ROMANS 15:4
Throughout the scriptures there are examples of God’s dealings with people who experienced joys and challenges similar to our own.
Have you read a passage of the scriptures and identified with a Bible character? Have you been amazed as you read on the page the very feelings you have struggled with, and realized that a man or woman who lived thousands of years ago felt that same way?
Why would God go to the trouble of preserving the experiences and expressions of people and have them translated into thousands of languages? We today need to keep our hope strong. The practical advice and comfort God imparts to us by the examples of his people is like a great crowd cheering us on to the end.