Romans 3-4

Chapter 3 makes it clear that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and that righteousness comes only “through faith in Jeus Christ.” Just as all are guilty of breaking the law of God, so all my only find salvation through faith. We who have already fallen short through disobedience cannot be made righteous through obedience. Justification is only “by his grace as a gift.”

Jesus’ sacrificial death is the means by which God shows himself just to forgive sin. God had “passed over” the “former sins” of the Old Testament saints. How can God, who is just, just “pass over” sin? Because He was looking forward the sacrifice that God the Son would make for sin. In this way, God is both just and justifier.

Job 2

Job 2 comes with a renewed attack by Satan upon Job. Where did this attack come from? At the end of chapter 1, where Job had lost nearly everything he possessed, Job confesses:

Naked I cam from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

This is such a beautiful and faith-filled confession. But notice, that it is met with more suffering. I think there is an important lesson here for us. When we suffer patiently and with faith it doesn’t necessarily mean that we have control over the situation. Instead, we are confessing that God has control. If God would end the suffering, we can trust Him. And if more suffering comes, we can trust Him.

By the time we are done with Job we will see him have conversations with God that will blow our minds. What a privilege to have the very attention of the Lord so that He would answer Job’s cries. It is through the suffering that Job comes to know the Lord in ways he never did before.

Psalm 8

This psalm offers a contrast two times. It begins by calling to mind the glory of God in the heavens and on earth and then shows how God uses those who who are weak (babies and infants) to display his glory. Then the psalmist gets to the real contrast. God has made man, who is nothing special and yet has “crowned him with glory and honor” and has given him dominion over all things.

Sometimes, as humans, we can become impressed with ourselves. But we must realize that all glory and honor belong to the Lord who has commissioned us with the work of cultivating His creation. The Lord is the one who is God. He is the one who is majestic. We ought to be humbled to exercise the authority that He has given.

Proverbs 5:1–23

Verses 15-23 are full of such vivid warning.

Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.

If God has gifted this man with a wife, he would do well to enjoy the wife of his youth. He ought to “rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe.”

The law (teaching/way) of the Lord is not to deny us of joy. This chapter actually heightens a husbands desire for pleasure. What he does is point the husband to the greatest means by which to find joy. Only then does he warn the man that “a man’s ways are befor eat eyes of the Lord.” It is folly to chase after forbidden and false pleasures. What the Lord withholds is nothing more than a snare. The pleasures of sin are bait by which to capture and destroy.