Romans 9:30-10:21; 1 Samuel 19; Psalm 64
The simplest solution is really the best. The way some people talk about working to restore their relationship with God, you would think it was straight out of the book of “Rube Goldberg.” In truth, the way to having a restored relationship with God is very simple. “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10) We believe with our heart in the resurrection. I’ve seen many “Christian” leaders proclaim their doubt about the resurrection. This isn’t an apologetic for the Resurrection; this is a statement of faith in the resurrection and the need to believe in the resurrection for a restored relationship with God. We also confess with our words that Jesus is Lord. No, this isn’t one of those posts that you have to share with ten people to prove that you love Jesus. But if you believe that Jesus is Lord, your words and your actions will show your faith. Your life should reflect that you and God have a good relationship so much that no one would be surprised to hear you talk about Jesus. Paul’s love for the Jews included his anguish that they worked so hard to gain that relationship with God, when He established it long ago: all they had to do was accept it. The process for restoring our relationship with God is simple. Living it each and every day is the tough part, but God gives us the power to do that!
Lord God, I thank You for that day when I stopped working so hard to get what You were holding out to me as a gift. Thank You for showing me Your love and grace. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Let my words and my actions show Your love to others.