Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
I take this precious, and most wonderful faith, for granted so often. I once was separated from God, alone and orphaned, wandering aimlessly in my spirit and finding no rest. But God, don’t you just love that phrase…But God. It’s a game changer, the game changer for all of us who believe in Him. Look above at the solidity of the ground we stand upon in our faith.
Having been justified by faith-past tense
We have Peace with God- present tense
And Hope does not disappoint- future tense
Truly He has enclosed me behind and before and has laid His hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is too high for me to understand. (Psalm 139) And yet, there it is, and here we are standing in grace, His grace, His undeserved favor. I, of all people, understand grace. The Apostle Paul called himself the chief of sinners. I have found that the closer we come to Jesus, the more aware we become of our failings, our sins; but also we become more aware of how unending His grace is. Grace that forgives and covers those sins. Romans 5 tells us that we exult even in our trials and tribulations because we know what they ultimately produce. Our trials, hard as they may be, are momentary, light afflictions.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I love how it says, “while we look not at the things which are seen.” O, But God, what a glorious phrase…But God, But God, But God. He changes everything. God can be invited into the most desperate of circumstances, the most wretched of lives, the most hopeless of cases; and He changes it all. He promises to work all things, all things, all things together for the good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.(Romans 8:28)
Our call is to love God back, to pour out our hearts before Him and let Him fill our hearts with Himself. And in this we can know that we are called to great purpose…His purpose.
No matter where you are in life right now, no matter what is happening or what you have done; there is a truth that can change it all…But God. Turn to Him, trust Him, Trust His Son Jesus and let Him work all things together for good in your life. It won’t happen overnight…it’s a journey, it takes time. But God is outside of time and He is not limited by it in any way. When we come to Him, He receives us and we stand in His grace. Dearest ones, find Your rest in Him this day.