Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Peace with God: Is 51:21-23

"Therefore, please hear this, you afflicted, who are drunk, but not with wine: thus says your Lord, the LORD, even your God who contends for His people, behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of reeling, the chalice of My anger; you will never drink it again. I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to you, 'Lie down that we may walk over you.' You have even made your back like the ground and like the street for those who walk over it." (Isaiah 51:21-23)
For every Christian, there come a point in their life where everything changes. One moment we are objects of God's wrath and the next moment we have become objects of His love. Paul reminds us that we "were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, made us alive together with Christ." (Ephesians 2:3-5) We were sinners, lost, and separated from God, but God has brought us near and reconciled us to the Father. "But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2:13) Now we have peace with God and His promise to us is that we will never drink of the cup of His anger again.

We have become members of God's household and now, instead of contending against us, God contends against those who contend against us. God is on our side and He is warring against the enemies of our souls. We no longer have need to fear God nor fear our enemy. God has received us and He has put our enemies on notice. What confidence this brings to our souls.

David Robison

1 comment:

  1. That is so true, we who have accepted Jesus Christ and following His teachings are being protected by Him each and every day. The Devil only wants to destroy us and to see us fail.