Today’s Scripture: Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 1 Corinthians 10:6

How many of you would rather learn from a warning than experience what that warning is describing? For example, if you are riding a bike, it is nice to hear someone say, “Watch out for that pothole.” You would much rather have someone warn you than ride right into the pothole you didn’t see.

In life, many times our warnings come from history. We need to study history, so we don’t repeat the same mistakes that were made in the past. In 1 Corinthians, we see this very kind of warning. The Apostle Paul, through the inspiration of the Spirit, warns the Corinthians by showing them what mistakes people did in the past after they saw the incredible power of God in the Exodus. In 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Paul lists some of the incredible miracles that these people witnessed, but then he continued by listing some of their bad decisions.

But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 1 Corinthians 10:5‑11

Paul gives us a history lesson and expects us to learn from it. Take heed of the warnings of lust, idolatry, fornication, tempting Christ, and murmuring. In the future, you will be the example to those who come after you. What kind of example will you be?

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.