In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.
The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.
Reading: Romans 5:1-7
Peace and Hope
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
Hope | Marianne Toovey
The idea of rejoicing in our trials because they strengthen us is mentioned in the New Testament three times by three different authors (check out James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1:6-7). It’s obviously a message God doesn’t want us to miss! But here, I love what Paul adds to it in verse 5. My translation (NLT) says, “And this hope will not lead to disappointment.” We already know God loves us, look at the gifts He’s given! So when we put our hope in Him who loves us, we’ll come out on top. Every time.
I’m no stranger to disappointment. I probably encounter it to some degree every day. In fact, as I type, my daughter is dealing with a bad attitude that is slowing down our day’s progress. Ugh. Disappointment is not my favorite. And when I try to take care of things on my own, it’s inevitable. But I don’t have to be disappointed! I can look at my trials as an opportunity to grow, which will strengthen my hope in God. And when I put my hope there instead of in myself, my family or friends, doctors, etc. I will never be disappointed. God loves me and knows me better than anyone else, and His plans for me reflect that. So I will put my hope in Him and I will use this time of trial as an opportunity to rejoice!
Dear Lord, I do trust You. I don’t always feel good about the direction You’re leading me in, but I know the end result will be better than anything I could have done for myself. I place my hope and trust in You. I will rest and let You take care of things for me. Please give me the strength to maintain this attitude, to keep my hope and trust in You and You alone. Thank You for all You’re doing in my life and for working everything out for my good (spoiler for Romans 8!). I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.