“The things that happened to those people are examples. They were written to be warnings for us. We live in the time that all those past histories were pointing to.”
1 Corinthians 10:11 ERV
If brother Paul thought they were living in the end of times, what will be said about our generation coming close to 2000 years later? He states clearly to us the purpose of history, and the reason why the historical books of the Bible were written. They were written for our warning. They were written to warn us of the dangers that lie ahead on the pathways of life for us.
Warning– it is a word that is becoming strange to our generation. We prefer to believe that the Christian Life is rosy and straightforward, with no thorns, no gallops and no warning signs on the way. Once any preacher lifts up his voice to warn my generation, he is termed a legalistic man, a preacher of the law, who is ignorant of God’s grace.
However, warning the saints has been a part of Christian writing and preaching through the years. Though we have secured a place in the covenant of God through our faith in Christ Jesus, yet there are certain characters and attitudes in our lives, which can rob us of God’s best, and essentially of Heaven, if we do not look well. This is the reason why the older testaments were written.
You are a lover of God, and you want to keep on pleasing Him and making Him happy. You are someone who fears God and want to keep away from anything that will displease Him. Then the easiest way to go about it is to turn to history. Find out how God walked with men in times past, what they did that He smiled at, and what they did that He frowned at. This will make you to adjust your life accordingly and will sharpen your walk with Him. It will be the instrument of bringing you back when you err.
So I encourage you, beloved one, get back to your Bibles. Go through some of these historical writings, find out what made some people succeed and others fail. There is nothing as clear cut as a biblical biorgraphy or history to reshape your thinking and thoughts in the right direction.
Why not take a day out during this holidays, pick any historical book of the Bible (Genesis-Esther), read it through like you would read a novel, pick lessons from it for your own life, and adjust yourself accordingly. You do not have to make the same mistakes your ancestors made. They were written for your warning.
PRAYERS: Lord, thank you for history, for your magnanimity in documenting the journeys of our fathers with You, so that we can learn from them. May I not make the same mistakes they made, and may I not be too careless that I fail to follow their righteous footsteps. Give me the Grace to read and learn from history, so that I will finish my race with joy. Amen.
For further reading: Psalm 78 vs. 1-8; Psalm 19 vs. 9-11; 2 Peter 1 vs. 19-20; Jude 1 vs. 5-7.