Saturday, May 23

Rejoice!

Scripture: 1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 8, Psalm 136, Romans 5

Romans 5:1–3 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.  3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

Romans 5:11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Observation/application

I love Romans 5!  So much good stuff in this chapter.  

The first 11 verses deal with our reconciled relationship with God because of what Christ has done (not what we do).   Jesus has brought us into a “place of undeserved privilege.”  We have access to the Father, a “wonderful new relationship with God.”  We are now “friends of God.”  

All of this produces joy!  

We joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.  v. 2.  There is joyful anticipation!  The best is yet to come.  I’ve got a motorcycle ride scheduled in a few weeks.  I’m joyfully looking forward to that!  Just the anticipation makes me smile.  How much more our anticipation of sharing God’s glory brings joy!  

We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials.  v. 3.  We can even find joy in the hard things, the difficulties and hardships.  Why?  Because God is at work, developing endurance, character and hope in us.  1 Peter 1:6-7, James 1:2-4 also say that we can rejoice in our problems because God is at work in them building our faith and character, perfecting us.  

And more than anything, we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God.  v. 11.  Good and bad alike come and go, but this is constant: I am God’s friend.  I have a relationship with God because of Jesus.  This is the ultimate source of joy in any moment, good or bad: I’m God’s friend.

Today, I want to remember to rejoice in anticipation of all that God has in store for me; rejoice in the midst of my troubles knowing God is at work building my faith, endurance, character and hope; and most of all, rejoice in my “wonderful new relationship with God.”  I am God’s friend!

Prayer: Lord, help me remember all You’ve done and are doing for me—and rejoice!