Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Peace Through Justification (Romans 5:1)

Today’s scripture: Romans 5:1

Jerry thought he had it made. He’d investigated religions and belief systems from every part of the world. He’d found his “inner self” and that self was strong, or so he thought.

He moved up the corporate ladder. He lived in a plush penthouse apartment. He was surrounded by friends. But still something seemed to be missing.

Something . . . crucial was missing.

As he sat on the balcony of that penthouse apartment, he heard a vacuum running in the apartment just below his. A normal, everyday sound. The sound of the vacuum stopped, and in its place, he heard another sound. This time, a voice, singing words he’d never heard before:
When peace like a riverAttendeth my wayWhen sorrow like sea-billow roll.Whatever my lot,
Thou hast caused me to say,It is well, it is well with my soul. (Horatio Spafford, 1873)

Peace like a river? Jerry thought. It is well with my soul? I’ve never felt peace like any river.

Suddenly, from the back of his mind, he remembered something he’d read from the Bible during his time of investigation. Something about Jesus’ dying for him. Then he remembered reading about being forgiven. And still another about peace that surpasses understanding.

He remembered that he had to have faith in Jesus. And that faith would bring him peace.

Peace like a river.

Do you long to be able to sing that it truly is well with your soul? When was the last time that you remembered that because you are justified through faith in Jesus, you can have peace? Remember now.   

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