Schools are failing, foods are modified, glaciers are melting, teens these days, churches are dying … you’ve heard it all. You may have even said it all. Either way, it’s bad news. Without undermining any of these real conversations, a Christ follower can boldly say, “I’m optimistic.” Why? Because we’re not optimistic based on what our eyes see. We’re optimistic based on what our God says. But, what does our God say? We don’t have to guess. His words have been written down for us.
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
The Apostle Paul penned Romans around 56 A.D. as a foretaste of his upcoming visit to the Roman church. Roman Christians were both new to the faith (Gentiles) and converts from Judaism. Both experienced turmoil between their new faith and Jewish law. In the next four days, we’ll unwrap eight reasons from Romans 8 to remain unwaveringly optimistic.
In Romans 1:1, Paul describes himself as “set apart for the Gospel …” Paul’s introduction doubles as a purpose statement for the entire book of Romans. In fact, the subject matter of Romans—the Gospel—is why we can always say, “I’m optimistic.” Its very definition from the original Greek, to the Old English, to your vocabulary is “Good News.” The Gospel is Good News for a new Christian facing turmoil thousands of years ago, and it’s Good News for you today. Why are we always optimistic no matter the headlines? Because, Gospel.
Pray: God, open my heart to Your Gospel. Let my present perspective reflect Your eternal work.