“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
– Romans 5:1 NIV
I don’t think I need to tell you that we live in dangerous times. I know my parents and grandparents would have said the same thing, but that doesn’t make it any less true for us today. There are any number of people and things that are “out to get you”. There’s the fear of joblessness and financial ruin, cancer, cyber thieves, psychotic, evil terrorists. In light of all the potential dangers it’s comforting to know that we are at eternal peace with God through Jesus Christ. Imagine the dread of living life without God on your side. But He is on your side. He loves you, and has proven it by becoming human in Jesus, dying on the cross to pay for your sins, and rising from the dead to ensure that you will do the same. The Apostle Paul asks a great question in the Bible, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) We’re at peace with God and no one can take from us what Jesus has given to us. Forgiveness and eternal life. For that reason we can live in peace, and die in peace. God has got your back, your front, and both sides. Nothing will happen to you in this life that God will not bring you through. That includes death. So, we live our days in peace with our Creator through faith in Jesus. It’s not that we’re oblivious to the danger around us, it’s just that we’re able to put it all in proper perspective. Martin Luther wrote, “and take they our life, goods, fame, child or wife, though these all be gone, they yet have nothing won. The Kingdom remains ours.” Relax. Live in the peace that Jesus has earned for you.