Daily Devotion on Romans 5:1-11
Text: Romans 5:1-11
“It’s hopeless, I’ll never pass” says the 6th grade boy who has been trying for over an hour to figure out a single math problem that will be on the next day’s test.
Mom, who has been watching her son faithfully struggle with this problem, steps in. She is more than willing and ready to help. Five minutes later if you would ask the boy how he felt, hopeless would no longer be the adjective he would use.
This world is hard. All of us are faced with countless situations in life, situations which we are not equipped to deal with on our own. So this world stresses the importance of the family unit and the circle of friends. Those without family and friends are much more likely to do something drastic when the hard times come and no one is there to help. We very easily become depressed and lost when the feeling of hopelessness sets in.
As Christians, Paul reminds us that we have the unique privilege of never having to face a hopeless situation. We all were once hopeless. We stood no chance of ever having a right relationship with God, but then Jesus stepped in. He took care of the truly hopeless situation that we all faced, and now nothing else really matters.
Paul knew and we know that no matter what comes our way, from a 6th grade math test to the death of a loved one, there is no longer any such thing as a hopeless situation. In Jesus there is always hope. God has promised to help us through our tough times on earth. And if that weren’t enough God has promised to take us to heaven where even the toughest of times will be water under the bridge. Look to Jesus, he is offering true peace and hope.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know that nothing we have done has earned your love. We know that by all right we should be sent straight to hell without any hope of relief. In Jesus you offer us the hope we do not deserve. Help us to hold fast to the hope you offer us in your Son. When doubt and hopeless feelings begin to enter our minds point us back to your word in which we find true peace and comfort no matter what the situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.