MARCH 25: God is on My Side vs. I Want Others to Know the Real God
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The story of the Bible shows that God selected a group of people – the people of Israel – to reveal the goodness and love of who He is to the world. When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans, some Jews had taken this to mean that they were better than others. They were living with the false belief that since God had chosen them, it must be because they’re better than others.
As Paul continues his letter, he refutes this way of thinking. Because God had given them the Old Testament Law, Paul responds as if he’s a lawyer making a legal argument and his case is simple: You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. Romans 2:23
Throughout Romans 2 Paul is basically saying, “The law isn’t about how great you are. It was given to show how great God is. But you’ve lost sight of this truth and the consequences are devastating.” As you read today, wrestle with how you see God. Is God on your side? Or do you simply want others to know the real God?
READING & JOURNALING:
Have you ever thought something like, “I really need to share a hard truth with so-and-so, and God is on my side?” What was the result?
Paul was more concerned that the people reading Romans would come to know God more fully than to simply know about God. What are some things you do to get to know God and not just learn more about Him?
Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I live my life with the mindset that You are on my side. While Your Word affirms truths such as, “If God is for us, who can be against us,” it’s wrong of me to think that this is about me being better than others. I repent of this way of thinking and want to know You as You really are. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
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