Totally like one of my favorite chapters in the Bible ever!!
Been really distracted lately, but thankful for all of the nuggets of wisdom in here:
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace… those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” v. 6&8
CANNOT please God. It’s impossible! Our natural default is to slide back to living in the flesh, but when we do so, we surrender life and peace!
At missions training yesterday, PJason asked why it is that so many of us come back from the summer so far from God, even though we often have so little to do compared to the school year? It’s because we try to find rest in the things of this world, things where we can find no rest. True rest comes only from God, but year after year we turn to worldly comforts expected life and peace to come from them.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us.” v. 18
And I thought this was a quote from a Christian artist! That’s always embarrassing/not good– when you find out something’s actually a verse in the Bible and you didn’t know!
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” v. 28
Classic. The problem is that we’re not always willing to persevere through the pain and wait for the blessing. I honestly do believe that the things of this world often satisfy instantly, but greater more lasting joy comes from waiting for the Lord. But Satan tempts us in our pain with promises of instant relief, instant gratification, instant escape. We all know that sin feels good for those few meager minutes… but then to maintain that relief, we must go back to sin again and again and again as we find it can never satisfy us in the way God’s love, how we were meant to be satisfied, can. Now if only I could remember that…
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” v. 32
Here He promises to not withhold all things (or good things) from us. The thing is we often mistake what is not good for what is good, and then get angry with God for not giving us that thing. Again, I’m realizing that we must wait on God and later we will see that He freely does give us all we ever need.