Romans 12; 1 Samuel 23-24; Psalm 67
Spanish engineers created an amazing submarine called the S-80. The submarine is expected to cost $2.2 billion. It had the latest technological innovations and was supposed to be the pride of the Spanish navy. The problem was, it wouldn’t float. Paul spent a lot of time talking about the foundations of faith in Romans 1-11 and from Romans 12 on it was time to get practical. In other words, will our faith float; will our faith give us the practical help we need for everyday life. What are some of the principles we need to follow to have a faith that floats? “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:12-13) While there are more admonitions in Romans 12, Paul deals with our attitudes, faith and practical actions. We are to be joyful in hope. It’s easy for life to get us down. No matter how bad things are, though, we have a hope that the world doesn’t have. We should be joyful in all circumstances. Our hope should lead us to be patient in affliction knowing that “this too shall pass.” Our faith means that we continue to pray and trust God. If we have that hope, and if we do trust God, then it should affect our actions. We can share with God’s people in need in full confidence that God will continue to supply our needs. How easy it is to fall into the trap of failing to help others or being reluctant to help others because we think about our own needs, not trusting God to care for them. Finally, we practice hospitality. We care for others and support them as they travel or as they have temporary housing needs. Our faith should make a difference, and the rest of the book of Romans gives us practical suggestions to make that happen.
Lord God, my faith in You should change me to become more like You. Make me willing to trust You in all circumstances and then live in such a way that others realize that I am committed to You.