When we have all the good news – {The Close of Day}

How are you getting on with our read through Romans? Today we’re going to have a look at some of Chapter 4, so take a look before we start.

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I love the account of Abraham’s life. It’s always been personal to me ever since God really spoke to me through it when I was finding life particularly hard.

Here, Paul uses the account of Abraham to remind us of God’s promises, his trustworthiness and his power.

Chapter 4 closes with the reminder that Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

And all that reminds me of these three things:

  • Life is hard and uncertain
  • God is trustworthy and powerful
  • Jesus saved us

Let’s take a closer look at these this evening.

 

Life is hard and uncertain

 

Sometimes, life is neither of those things.  It’s not hard.  Things fall into place.  Everything works out.  Smiling, laughing – all easy.  And it’s not uncertain.  The path is clear, we know what we are doing, where we are going and who we are doing all of it with. We’ve come to call them, albeit in a rather clichéd way – our mountaintop experience.

But often it’s at least one of those.  Our life is pitched to the valley quicker than we can think and the mountaintop is a long, slow, uphill struggle away.  We deal with sickness, grief, anxiety, worry, death, loss, pain…life is hard.  Then there are life’s dimly lit paths. Just when you thought you knew where you were going…suddenly we can’t see anything anymore.  We’re not sure what will happen with our job, our family, our futures…and uncertainty reigns.

I would imagine very few people sail through life without trials and uncertainty; John 16:33 tells us this life will be marked with trouble.

But…

 

God is trustworthy and powerful

 

The reminders we get about Abraham in this passage are really worth stewing over, and I urge you to go back over them.  Verse 18 reminds us that Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him.

What do you do when you feel ‘against all hope’? When circumstances seem impossible and you can’t see a way out?

Do you look at what you know to be true about who you are because of what God has done?

Do you look at what you know to be true about your life in this world because of who God is?

Do you look at what you know to be true about your future, your destiny, your eternity because of what God has promised?

It’s sometimes easy not to, isn’t it?

When life is hard and uncertain, it’s too easy to be self-focused, and self-absorbed and inward looking.

 

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But even when we feel against all hope, as though we dare not even hope, we can be sure of what God has done, who he is and what he has promised.

He is always trustworthy and he is always powerful.

 

Jesus saved us

 

Look at today’s verse again.  Look at what Jesus did for you, and for me.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification

Despite all my shortcomings, and because of them, Jesus died so that I don’t have to.  That’s true for me and it’s true for you.

We will not be delivered over to death, because our eternity is secure.

And despite all my shortcomings, Jesus was raised to life so that I am justified.  That’s true for me and it’s true for you.

Do we not have the best news of all?

All our hardships, trials, troubles and uncertainties cannot un-defeat death, they cannot un-justify us.

Thoughts for Reflection

 

  • Are you in a hard or uncertain place just now? How can you remind yourself of truths about God, who he is, what he has done and what he has promised?
  • If you’re not in a hard or uncertain place at the moment, how can you make sure you are able to stand firm when trials come?
  • How does the good news of what Jesus has done change how we see life’s hard times and uncertainties?

Grace and Love

Helen x

 

 

Comments

  1. Love this post is so encouraging and full of truth! – Reminds me again and again His sacrifice for me and the power that brings to my life! Salvation! Great post!

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  2. I really identify with Abraham because I waited so long to be a mom, and often struggle with am I holding my child too closely, would I really surrender her to God if He asked? When Abraham trusted and waited on God, it was pretty amazing. And I see God’s faithfulness showing up in my life as well.

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  3. I’ve been trusting God to take away the things that are not the most fruitful in this season and lead me to the things that honor Him most. I’m still waiting on answers, but I know He is working.

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  4. tara8910 says:

    It is good to get this information when we aren’t in the midst of a trial so that we know how to handle it when it trials come. We can remember all the good He has done for us. He won’t stop now!

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  5. I’ve found it helpful to keep a list the attributes of God in my prayer basket. When I’m overwhelmed, reviewing the list gives me new hope — He’s an amazing God and up to any challenge we may have. This post really encouraged me.

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  6. Good reminder of the truth that is in Him!

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  7. mariewikle says:

    Love this! so many people need to be reminded God is always Trustworthy!

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  8. This is such a great study and a really good reminder for me. Jesus should change everything no matter what uncertainties I may face!

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  9. I am so thankful that no matter what goes on He is faithful and trustworthy!! IT brings me so much hope knowing this truth

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  10. so encouraging and full of truth! 🙂

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  11. I’m so thankful for a God who cares and loves me! I know that when those hard times inevitably come along, He will listen, He cares and will help!

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  12. Jed Jurchenko says:

    Hey Helen,
    Thanks for the reminder that God is powerful, even when life is hard and uncertain. Our family has certainly seen this first hand and it’s a good thing for me to continually be reminded of.

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