Years ago I attended a workshop hosted at a Billy Graham School of Evangelism. I don’t remember many of the details except the oft-repeated phrase, “Write It Down.”
In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul reviews for the Christ-followers in Corinth a number of examples from the Old Testament account of the 40 year journey through the wilderness taken by Israel. Idolatry, immorality, impudence, and ingratitude were sinful side-tracks taken by the people of God who had also experienced many spiritual opportunities.
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, non whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” (1 Cor. 10:11)
“These things….were written down as warnings…..” We are blessed to have in writing the successes and sins of real people through Old Testament history. If we don’t heed the warnings, we’ve missed the point of Scripture. Why do we so often have to “learn things the hard way?” How may we read the severe consequences of some specific sin, yet blissfully yield to the same temptation today, expecting no consequences? Are our hearts really that stubborn? Have our wills been warped from birth?
As I rejoiced in the fantastic news of an upcoming “granddaughter” (Lord willing, in January 2015 in British Columbia), I was reminded she is being born to parents and grandparents who are sinners. I rejoice however that these same sinners have a book, in fact THE BOOK she needs to “make her wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” I thank God that as He revealed Himself and His ways to His servants in Old and New Testament times He guided them to “write it down!”