What I Read Today;
Romans 8; Matthew 8; Jeremiah 51; Psalm 129; 1 Samuel 25
I love Romans 8. In Romans 8, we have a glimpse of the incredible promises of God.
Let’s review them.
Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. “NRSV.
God knows who we are. He knows that we are not capable of perfectly obeying his law. So he sent Jesus to live the life we couldn’t live and pay the price we couldn’t pay. God didn’t send Jesus to condemn us. God sent Jesus to save us!
Romans 8:18, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.” NRSV
How can we have Joy in the face of pain and suffering? Because we know where we are going will be a place filled with the glory of God and the light of Jesus Christ. A place where we will be filled with eternal joy! All the pain we have lived through will be forgotten.
Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good[u] for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. “NRSV
God will use the pain that we are going through and make something better. Every time I’ve gone through a period of difficulty, God has used that for something better. Every struggle life has thrown at me has become a time to praise God for his blessings and mercy. God may close one door, only to open another.
It’s difficult to understand what is happening when you are in the storm. Only after the storm has passed, will you be able to look back and come to understand what God has done.
Romans 8:31, “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” NRSV
There will be times in your life when people will be out to get you. They will attack for no reason. But God is always with us. He is still there, handing out his strength and mercy. He never fails to walk with us and guide us. Christians have the knowledge that God will always be there for us.
Romans 8:37-39, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NRSV
Nothing, nothing, nothing, can separate us from God’s love! It can’t happen. Our failures, no! Our sins, no! Losing a job, no! Losing a spouse, no! Disease, no!
Nothing Satan can throw at us will ever keep God’s love from us! Our emotions may make us feel that God has disappeared. Yet he promises that he is there. We just need to lean on the love of God in any and every circumstance!