Romans–Passionate Christian Theology
We cry out, we bang on the doors of heaven when in trouble, we bargain with God in bad times, we do everything “humanly” possible to get God’s attention…OR are we just trying to get God to do what we want? Mm. Yikes.
Paul writes to the Romans about a better way of thinking. God’s Word tells us exactly how to get God’s attention.
Romans 4, The Message
17-18 We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
19-25 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
HOW do we get God’s attention? What do we learn?
One more time:
1. When everything seems hopeless, believe anyway.
2. Live not on the basis of what we see we can’t do but live on what God said He would do.
3. Never lose hope. Plunge into the Promises of God.
4. Trust God to set things right. Believe and behave in trust.
5. EMBRACE and BELIEVE the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless.
6. Behave like we say we believe.
7. The sacrificed Jesus makes us fit for God, gets His attention and sets us right with God. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, Today I needed this reminder of Who sets us right with You. Only You. You are God and we are not. Our human efforts pale before You mighty acts of righteousness. You have stirred my heart once again with Your passion, Your acts, Your ways and Your sacrifice for us to bring us back to You. Thank you, Lord. May others know You because of You living in us. You have our attention and we pray we have Yours.
In Jesus Name, Amen