For those of you who think I’m a Negative Nancy, get ready. I’m putting my Positive Pam hat on today.
This morning I read this great text in Romans:
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11 ESV)
Having confidence that we’re going to be saved is a great truth, but Paul says we have something more than that – here and now, today.
We get God.
The blood of Christ purchased for us the assurance that we will be saved from the wrath of God on the last day. And that’s a great great hope. A hope that doesn’t disappoint. But our joy is not only found in that future hope, it’s found in our present reality. We have peace with God already. It’s done.
So often I spend my time thinking of Heaven; thinking of the betterness of the comfort and ease of a world without pain and without fear.
But I want to be the kind of girl who can stand up with Paul and say it’s a hard decision: whether I should live or die. Paul doesn’t say that because life is so great. He’s in prison. He’s being tortured. And yet, he’s not sure if he wants to live or die. Because he knows that the joy held out to us in Christ, the joy of the glory of God, is not just a future promise it’s a present reality.
The joy that Paul has is secure. It can’t be shaken by trials. It can’t be shaken by circumstance. And I guess that’s why he writes in Romans that we can rejoice today, even if today is a mess.
We get God now. We get His approval, His love, His promise to stand by us, here and today and that secures our joy.
I talk about suffering a lot on this blog, but it’s not because I am trying to be a martyr, it’s because, in my experience, suffering really has been something worth rejoicing in. It really has been something that’s reminded me of the very present benefit of the reconciliation that Christ negotiated between me and God.
No matter what else is going down in your life today, know this: if you are in Christ, the work is done. You have been justified. You were once an enemy of God and now you’re not.
And that changes everything.
With every thing that goes wrong today – every technology fail, every disobedient child, every irritating coworker or tragic phone call, remember this: you get God. You have Him.
Rejoice in Him today. Meditate on the wonders of His glory and dance in the delight of the truth that you are His and He is yours. Forever.