Thanks for joining us for Reboot! This week we’ll start with Romans 1-2. Because Romans is an epistle, I encourage you to read it pretty straightforwardly, like any other letter you might receive. I’ll blog about our reading every Monday, not to exegete the passages for you, but rather to share some thoughts and encouragements.
Let’s begin with prayer. A simple, “Holy Spirit please grant me grace to understand what I read and satisfy my heart with good news” will suffice. If you read something you don’t understand—pray for wisdom again, dig a little deeper, or just set that portion aside for the time being. TheESV Study Bible notes may prove helpful, too.
Need Some Good News?
We all have an insatiable appetite for good news. In years past I’d wait for the mail to come, feeling hope bubble up when the postal truck finally went by. Maybe there will be good news today. So I’d run to the mailbox only to find it crammed full of advertisements, or worse yet, bills.
Nowadays we constantly check our inbox, Facebook, Twitter, texts, and news sites to see if there’s any good news—or at least something to break the monotony. Generally speaking, there isn’t much more than an occasional giggle, a Hmm, that’s interesting, or more commonly, And I care that you tried a new shampoo today why? Seems like I check these sites to find something to cheer my heart or satisfy me. Yet I always come away empty. And I don’t think I’m alone.
The Lord understands our longing for good news. Proverbs 15:30 says, “good news refreshes the bones.” Likewise 25:25 reads, “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” I do need refreshment. My soul is thirsty for that cold water.
So here’s some good news for you: You don’t have to wait for the mailman. There is a fountain of refreshment available to you right now.
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