Daily Reflections

What Do You Believe?

March 20, 2024 Ruth Chou Simons

They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. —Romans 3:24

What’s your current response when you read about the Christian life in the Bible? Do you feel . . . .

• grateful and relieved?
• stressed and guilty?
• tired of trying to figure it out?

You can trace your way back to your core belief by starting with your response. When you believe your only hope is God’s grace, you’ll respond with gratitude and relief. When you believe it’s up to you to perfectly please God, you’ll struggle with guilt and fear. And if you believe God is unknowable, unkind, or unfair in what he asks of his creation, you’ll stop trying to know him at all. My most anxious, weary, and discouraged times are not simply seasons affected by circumstance; they are seasons shaped by wrong core beliefs about God. What do you find yourself believing in this season?


When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons.

Used by permission of Harper Collins Christian Publishing.


Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible ®. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible ® and CSB ® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Make it Personal

Ask God to open your eyes to any wrong beliefs you have about Him and to anchor your life on the truth of His Word.