Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, January 6th: Genesis 16-17, Romans 6 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 16-17; Romans 6

This passage is an excellent reminder of how quickly things can go wrong when we get frustrated with God's timing and decide to help Him along with His plan.  His plan is always better.  Always.  His plan, His timing, His method.  Not ours.

Abraham and Sarah decided to help God out because His plan didn't make sense to their finite minds, and got a lot of heartache in return for their efforts.  Not just for them, but for their descendants.  One bad choice had consequences that were unimaginably far reaching.

Any time we go against God's plan, we sin.

Our Romans passage reminds us that, as believers, we are no longer slaves to sin, but to righteousness.  Of course, that doesn't mean we will never sin, but it will no longer master us.  We will long to obey God out of gratitude and love for Him and all that He has done for us.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The key to this verse is the word wages.  Wages is something we have earned, something we deserve.  We deserve death.  But Christ's death enables us to receive something we do not deserve in the slightest - mercy, and eternal life.  Thanks be to God for this glorious gift!

 Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 18-19, Romans 7


Pamela said...

I don't think we often stop to consider the long term consequences and the far reaching consequences of our inability to wait on God's timing.

Conrad said...

I could not agree more with your post Tammy.

Romans 6:16 approximately in The Message reads:

Offer yourselves to sin for instance, and it's your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits.

Freedom in God sounds a lot more appealing than the shackles of sin!