Reading this week: The mystery of grace and faith
This week we focus on that great promise in Romans 10:13 – “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” – by looking at the passages Paul quotes in Romans 10. Yes, both God’s grace is sovereign and my response of faith is necessary. What an incredible mystery to ponder this week!
Monday: Romans 9:30-10:21, Confess and believe
In good Reformation style, Paul turns from God’s work to my response. When did you first hear this great promise? How have both confession and belief been a part of your faith walk?
Tuesday: Deuteronomy 30:11-20, The Word is near
This is passage Paul quotes to show us that God’s word of promise has always been “close.” How were you first made aware that God’s promise was really for you?
Wednesday: Psalm 19, Everyone hears!
Paul quotes David’s wonderful hymn to general (the heavens) and special (his Word) revelation. How has all of God’s revelation help you discern your “hidden faults” and “willful sins”? How has this Psalm changed your meditation?
Thursday: Isaiah 65, Old judgments and new heavens
Paul quotes this passage to remind us that God’s judgment always leaves room for his blessing. How does Isaiah make the transition from judgment to blessing (see 65:16, it has to do with truth!)? How have you experienced the “beforeness” (see 65:24) of God’s call? How are you living a new creation life?
Friday: Joel 2:18-32, Everyone who call on the name of the Lord
This is the central promise of Romans 10, that by faith God’s grace is available to Hebrew and Gentile alike. So Peter chooses this as his Pentecost text! What is your story of calling on the Lord? How are you assured of the Spirit poured out?
Saturday: Isaiah 28:16-29, Listen to this wonderful counsel!
This is the judgment part of Paul’s salvation message. How has God’s wise “harvest” plan been evident in your life? What “threshing” still needs to take place? How have you avoided stumbling over grace?