Focal passages: Romans 8:12-25
As I write these words the news of COVID-19 is dominating every information channel. Press conferences, email blasts, social media, every major news agency and anyone with an avenue to share has an opinion and the “latest” news to share. These are certainly unprecedented times, yet I sit here at the laptop with one word in my head: secured!
Paul, in our focal passage from Romans 8, reminds us we are secure in the promises of God. The security rests in the reality that all who have responded to the gospel by grace through faith have a sure hope of a future as children of God.
The reality we face today and the truth that we can stand on is that through the gospel we move from certain death to eternal life (verses 12-13). As believers we are adopted into God’s family and are coheirs with Christ (v. 17). As heirs we are guaranteed an eternal inheritance.
Death, sickness and despair in our world are all a result of the fall of man into sin. God created a perfect world declaring that it was good (Genesis 1-2), yet man introduced sin in his rebellion to God’s plan (Genesis 3). God’s creation awaits redemption from the effects of sin and God will restore it one day (vv. 19-22). Along with the restoration of creation, we will too be restored so that we can function as God’s children as He has planned. No death, no disease, no distress, just security!
Rest in that truth today. As God’s children, we are secure in Him despite the chaos around us.