Ending Estrangement; Overcoming Turbulence

We are born estranged. We have no claim on God’s favor. We are rebels against His reign in our lives. There will be consequences. However, when we come to see our condition as God sees it and discover the love that has provided salvation, there is an answer to our greatest need. If we see ourselves for the sinners that we are, believe what Jesus did for us on the Cross, surrender to Him as Savior and Lord, the rebellion and estrangement are over. We are at peace with God! “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). We are Spiritually reborn into God’s family. We become His children! When that happens, as we apply and obey His Word (acting on what He teaches us), He imparts His peace into our lives. It goes something like this: We place our trust in Him (unconditionally) and in His atonement, and yield our lives to His control. Joy and peace follow. Then comes testing. We experience suffering, problems, temptations, etc. Turbulence disturbs our peace. We learn to trust His wisdom, loving care, plan and purposes. We are confident that He is in control and we look to Him for guidance, comfort and strength. When we do, there is peace in the midst of the turbulence, a peace (because we trust) that passeth all understanding. (See Philippians 4:6). Haldor Lillenas, in his hymn, “Wonderful Peace, speaks of this peace that is ours, in the midst of the turbulence in our lives: “Coming to Jesus, my Savior, I found wonderful peace, wonderful peace; storms in their fury may rage all around, I have peace, sweet peace. Peace like a river, so deep and so broad, wonderful peace, wonderful peace; resting my soul on the bosom of God,  I have peace, sweet peace. Peace, peace, wonderful peace, peace, peace, glorious peace; since my Redeemer has ransomed my soul,  I have peace, sweet peace.” Selah! “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27a). Trust brings joy; trust and joy bring peace!  Ron

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