“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.”
1 Corinthians 10:11
A considerable amount of advice on how to live good, godly lives is found in observing the lives of others. When we take a look at how these Old and New Testament examples handled their ups and downs, their successes and failures, we should be able to apply the lessons they learned to our lives so that we won’t step in the same traps they did.
Obviously, we can learn in two different ways. We can learn to not do the things that got them into trouble. We can learn to not love the indulgences we see in the examples of Solomon and Saul. We can learn not to be prideful or hypocritical. We can also learn that though we may fall time and time again, that God is always there to pick us up again.
We can also learn from the godly and righteous examples that these people have left us. We can learn to have faith despite obvious obstacles. We can learn to trust in the Lord even when we feel like we are the only ones who do. God doesn’t deal strictly in spoken commands. Sometimes He speaks the loudest through the examples presented by those who have gone before.
* A disciple learns from the Bible in a myriad of ways
Application: Whose life in the Bible have you learned the most from? Do you read the stories or apply their meaning to your life?