Today's devotion is based on Romans 5:1-4: "Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God's grace in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God's glory! We also boast of our troubles because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope."
Without enduring troubles, we grow weak and complacent in our faith. Being too protected prevents us from growing in our faith. When troubles strike, you can rejoice, knowing that the troubles are not meaningless and that God will be with you always, as he has promised.
Please pray with me: Thank you, Lord, for your words of assurance and hope that are given to us in the Bible verses for today. Help us always to remember that it is only in Christ that we are declared righteous in God's eyes. Amen.