“It is impossible without crosses and tribulations, to think upon God” – Luther
Blessed Saints in Christ,
I feel compelled to speak comfort to myself. This may seem like a supremely egotistical exercise, but as you read, you may find yourself identifying your own need for such comfort.
In addition to God’s law (which commands, demands, and uncovers our sin), life can become burdensome. The demands of work, the disappointments of unfulfilled promises to the self, or other life pressures conspire to bury one under the Tsunami of hopelessness. It is to these pressures which overwhelm me now that I am writing.
First things first, Devil, Go to Hell!
O.K., now that we’ve denounced Satan, here’s some good stuff from Romans chapter 8:
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[j] who[k] have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[l] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[m] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If your heart is telling you that God has abandoned you. If you believe that your circumstances are all of your own creation and that it is your fault that you are in the position that you are in. If your hopelessness is leading to despair, throw yourself upon the cross of Jesus and the FINISHED work He completed there.
We have been forgiven ALL, ALL of our sin. There is not a corner, a nook, or a hole that has been left uncovered. Jesus Christ has HAD victory over all our sin. How else could Jesus say to you and me now, “those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” These are all past tense! Your salvation is secure in Him despite any Tsunami! The defiant Rock which is Christ laughs at the tumultuous waves of life and He says to them, “Be still”.
Almighty God, Jesus Christ, You have had victory over sin, death, the devil and even tribulation. As we weather these storms, assure us of your bond with us and care for us. Thank you that even if we lose faith, you remain faithful because you cannot deny yourself. Amen.