Read: Romans 9:1-24
Think: I have written 15 books. With every word I write, my hope is that the reader personalizes the message by filtering it through his or her life and circumstances. My hope is to speak into the life of my reader so that he or she would see God more clearly and love Him more intimately. I also realize that a biblical message is counter-cultural, therefore I am always looking for ways to describe God’s love so that the reader will be compelled to turn away from anything that is keeping him or her from God’s will for his or life. Paul, in today’s reading, has the very same intention writing, “In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.” Though human beings are incredibly weak, and the world and its ways are incredibly destructive, God is incredibly patient. We must hold onto this truth.
Act: One of the reasons I read through the entire Bible each year is to keep my heart on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ. I read daily to listen to God. I read daily to grow more mature in my faith. I read daily to understand God better. I read daily so that I can accurately share God’s words with others. Today, as you read about the patience of God, how does this message strike your heart personally? Is God calling you to become more set apart for Him, or does this inspire you to become more forgiving, compassionate, and merciful to those who are struggling with their sinful nature? What is God saying to you today as you read Romans 9:1-24? Now, act on it.
Pray: Dear Lord, without You, I am nothing and in me is no good thing. With You all things are possible. Give me a deeper faith in You. Give me a greater love and understanding of Your will and Your ways. Give me the confidence to speak truth to others and to exhibit an extra measure of patience with those who are struggling. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Be full of faith today!