Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.– C.S. Lewis
Nerds, jocks, cheerleaders, teacher’s pets, etc. – these are the groups at school where children will try to belong. God created us as social beings. Therefore, we have that urge to affiliate ourselves with a particular group. Often the eagerness to belong leads us away from the real community we should be.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Romans 4:11-12. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Romans 4:3-4: How To Attain Righteousness In This Time?
Abraham: Father Of The Jews And All Nations
Abraham was one of the patriarchs of the Jewish people. The father of Isaac (Genesis 21) and his wife was Sarah (Genesis 11:29). Additionally, he descended from Shem (Genesis 11:10-26), one of the sons of Noah. God had called him out of the land of Ur.
In Romans 4, we can see that Paul singled him out as a faithful man of God. He was considered a righteous man because of his faith in God. Paul emphasized that Abraham’s righteousness was not brought about by his circumcision, but by his faith in God.
Circumcision was only a sign of God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17). Moreover, God promised Abraham that he will be a father of many nations (Genesis 12:2). And this vow was given by God prior Abraham’s circumcision. Thus, we are all spiritual descendants of him, no matter what is your ethnicity.
Where We Belong
Now we know that even if the Jewish people are God’s chosen nation, we can also partake as chosen children of God. How? By believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, repenting of our sins and living our life with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is written, there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28).
We are all created in the image and likeness of God. But it is sad to see that people are disregarding this very fact because of their secular worldview. Likewise, we limit our thinking that we only belong to our families, friends, and relatives.
The ultimate connection that we should concentrate on is our union with the Triune God and believers of Christ. That is the true and real group we belong to.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
- Can you remember what group did you belong to in school?
- Do you see any similarities you have with other group members?
- What are your learnings about Abraham?
- Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Accept Jesus Now.
- Do you believe that you belong with Christ?
- With God, All Things Are Possible
- The journey of the Father and the Son
- You Are The Living Testimony Of God’s Love And Grace
- Injustice In The Time Of Prosperity
- Fulfilling The Role Of The Prophesied Suffering Servant
Our Father in Heaven, holy is your name. Thank you for creating us and calling us to be with you. May you send your believers to minister to other people that do not know and believe in you. Use us Lord, that we may be your instruments to bring them to the knowledge of you. O Lord, Jesus Christ, thank you giving us the gift of salvation. You have connected us to the Father.
O Holy Spirit, continue to guide and reprove us as we walk with Christ. May you touch the hearts of nonbelievers and give them a repentant heart. all these we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.