Romans, Passionate Christian Theology
I have a huge project before my coworkers and myself, the students we teach and the instructor who has partnered with us. We will be lifting off a high altitude balloon with cameras on board in payloads filled with student experiments. Like farmers, we are checking the weather outlook for this day to come every few hours, hoping the jet streams will cooperate and land our “work” in a place of retrieval. We will be then take recorded data and analyze what happened before and after the balloon reached the edge of space before bursting and coming back to earth.
I sit here looking back over the last week of intense preparation for this event and repent of the few panic attacks I had. God is in control. He is in control of all things. He always has been in control and always will…our job is to trust. Even with student projects and instructor preparations and learning that will take place, we trust. It’s in HIS hands, not mine. TRUST. Do you sometimes have trust issues?
Paul encourages us with words about trust in our next passage today. We have learned in his letter so far that the world is a mess. We are a mess without God’s sheer gift of generosity of our Master Jesus Christ. Now, Paul explains that God has given us another “sheer gift” of Himself…TRUST. We need to trust Him to set all things right. It’s a new way of thinking for all who believe in Jesus who sets all of us right with God. We trust Jesus to do that. We can trust Him with daily life stuff, too.
Romans 4, The Message
1-3 So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”
4-5 If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.
Reflections: What is my “God-story”?
-Do I enter into what God is doing in my life?
-Do I recognize Him what He is doing?
-Do I acknowledge and praise Him for doing it?
-What is my level of trust?
-Is there a level? Do I trust or not?
-What is/was my turning point of full trust in God?
-Am I trying to be right on my own? Yikes.
Dear Heavenly Father, Everything I attempt in this life is too big for me. I repent of falling for perfection in my eyes which leads to panic. I will trust You to set things right with You. I will trust that you are in control of every detail of our lives for You have said that You “delight in our details”. Wow. Thank you for Your sheer gift of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Jesus for dying for us…for me. Thank you, Holy Spirit for guiding my focus back to Trust, sheer trust in the One who knows me best and loves me more than I can imagine. Lift us higher than any balloon will go…to You!
In Jesus Name, Amen