We are not reconciled with God by our works and what we accomplish, but only by faith in the grace of our reconciliation with God given to us by Jesus.
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (Romans 5:1-2; NLT)
Who understands the message of the cross?
This glorious grace, bestowed upon us by the death of our flawless sacrificial Lamb on the cross, remains completely incomprehensible to those who don’t know God (“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18; NLT).
Distress and tribulation no longer separate us from God
Of course it also rattles and shakes in the life of a Jesus-sheep every once in a while. But we are well-protected, cared for and guided by our Shepherd Jesus.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5; NIV)
And so we walk with confidence through each tunnel that may appear on our life path, and through any valley of tears. Knowing, everything will be more than good for us.
Say (!) this: I trust You, my God. I know, You help me through every affliction. And just like the psalmist, I say this full of confidence: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4; NIV) Thank You for Your help, my God (or, of course, in your own words).