4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus,
6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.Romans 15:4-6 (NRSV)
The Apostle Paul says that Scripture has been given in order to encourage and make us strong in order to bring glory to God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I love ice cream…that is well-documented I realize and for many of you this is an obvious fact like the sun rising in the East. But-while the pleasure of taste and hit of sugar brings about a momentary rush, a diet consisting of this would leave me severely lacking in healthy, building, long-term nutrients. At some point fruits, vegetable, protein [not derived from sugared frozen milk] and good carbs are required for me to remain healthy and strong.
Let me gently suggest it is the same in our spiritual walk. Our diet must consist of more than an occasional prayer and hearing of Scripture in a service of worship. We need more and God has generously supplied it and pointed it out.
Advent – a season of waiting – a great time to pick up the practice of reading Scripture daily and being in prayer for ourselves and others. It is a simple thing to say and more difficult to do I realize. But that does not make it any less true. How else might we be strong and encouraged? There is none.
So- how’s your diet?