Does the idea of joy and peace seem lost to you? If the answer to that question is yes, reading the book of Romans is a good place to help you find direction.
Written by the apostle Paul before he arrived in Rome, Paul wrote the new Christians there a letter. Paul’s message in his personal letter clearly offers them hope in a loving God through Jesus Christ.
Paul, a well educated and articulate man, knew how to present the case for Christ to whichever peoples he was speaking. The Roman church was mostly Jewish but also contained many Gentiles. Paul presented an organized statement of faith to the people as he shared in their everyday concerns to fit God’s plan into their lives, just as we have concern today.
Like the Romans of Paul’s time, families today also experience:
- Family obligations
- Government requirements
- Health issues
- Religious conflicts
Sure, we can spew a hundred individual justifications for lacking joy or peace because of our problems. However, troubles overwhelm us because we approach them in the wrong way. We allow evil to take over our judgment instead of turning to the very Creator, Designer, and Architect of our minds for instruction.
Our loving God is bigger than everything! He knew evil would constantly try to invade our thoughts so He provides believers with Holy Spirt to help us with our problems! It’s only when we turn to God through the Holy Spirit as we go through the decision process that the filling of joy and peace within us is attainable.
Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Holy Spirit helps us turn to God for His direction to overcome. The action of following Holy Spirit demonstrates our trust. In turn, God will fill us with joy and peace when we navigate our problems with His direction.
I believe life with joy and peace is very possible, even in our chaotic world today. Paul, in his urging to Romans to follow God over world, gave righteous instructions on personal responsibility:
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
God desires us to know Him and to know His will. But when we habitually turn from God during times of conflict in our lives, joy and peace becomes something that isn’t attainable. That is why Paul’s letter was an inspiration to Roman believers. Paul clearly explained how they should live, then offered them this blessing:
Romans 15:5-6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul wanted the new believers to trust in what Jesus promised, so that they may overflow with hope. He explained Holy Spirit will work in their lives everyday, interceding in prayer, so that Jesus may work within you and give you power to have joy and peace in all circumstances.
Believing in Jesus will give you that same joy and peace as He helps you get through any situation!