Placing God First

Day 1 of 4 • This day’s reading


All of us at times dream dreams. There are things that we long for, but sometimes they seem impossible to achieve – so unlikely that thinking about them depresses rather than inspires us. We do not have much hope; we feel unable to change our circumstances.

Read Romans 5:1-11.

In this passage, we hear how a hopeless situation is turned upside down by God’s love demonstrated to us through the death of his Son.

Focus on these words:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


Even our sufferings produce perseverance, character and an unfailing hope because God pours His love into our hearts.