"Peace with God"
We have peace with God. Romans 5:1
A father and son are spending a night camping. The boy has pictured many possible dangers, but he feels that his father is stronger than any threat. His little heart may dread all sorts of evils. But he knows that his father is with him, and this gives him courage. In the midst of all his uneasiness he feels secure.
Before God we always remain children. The threatening dangers are greater than our strength. Take God away, and sickness becomes a never-solved why, death a fearful venture into the unknown. Our sins rob us of confidence. Our troubled conscience will not let us alone. We dread the judgment to come.
But what a difference it makes when we know that there is unmeasured strength to defend us, an impregnable refuge to which we can turn! We have all these when we have faith in Christ Jesus. He has proved the love that God has for us by going to the cross in our stead. There He proclaims peace to all who will accept it.
This peace with God is more than a tranquil feeling. It is a peace that God has established and that He has transmitted to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. This peace is our first and best treasure.
PRAYER: You only, dear Lord, are my peace and my rest. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 33-34 Acts 23:16-35
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