READ: Romans 5:1-11
- Paul opens his letter to the Romans with an explanation of sin and human brokenness. He summarizes the first three chapters with, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (v23). Chapter four spells out how reconciliation is not the product of works but comes through the promise given to and through Abraham. We can’t do anything to earn a relationship with God. But, we can declare allegiance to Jesus as the risen King.
- And, since we have, in faith, declared our allegiance, we have peace with God (v1). In verse 11, Paul says, “We have received reconciliation.” He seems to see the two concepts integrally tied together. Peace comes as a result of reconciliation. We are in a relationship with God. He is present with us and we with Him. In other words, peace is God’s presence (not merely the absence of war and woe).
- We would all do well to keep in mind that our relationship with God transcends all other concerns in life. What God has done for us in Jesus far exceeds all earthly blessings (wealth or health). But, when culture lies to us and we believe that the absence of anxiety, broken relationships, bad health, financial woes or any other such concerns is what makes life great, we are being misled and should stop to take a new look at Scripture.
- Why are we so susceptible to the ideals of prosperity?
- What could help us see that our relationship with God is more important than our circumstances?
- Who do you know that models great contentment in the midst of highly difficult circumstances?
PRAY: Thank God for inviting you into a relationship with Him. Pray that you can learn to love Him more than you love the ideals of health and wealth. Ask God to guard you from the lies of the evil one.