[CF Devotionals] 2009-12-05 - Peace With the Living God

Colossians 2:23, “The appearance of wisdom in self-made religion…”

It is not uncommon to see people struggling to find peace with God by using their own agenda as the standard of measure. This does not lead to peace with God. Trying to obtain the blessings of eternal life, using our own plan, is like buying bottled water to fill up the gas tank before a long trip. It takes some effort to pour one 16.9 ounce bottle after another into the tank, but no one is going to applaud the effort. It saves money, as the water is cheaper than gas, but no one will praise such frugality. It is foolish, and we do someone a disservice if we encourage them in such absurdities. We do ourselves real harm, if we engage in such mindlessness ourselves. Our eternal condition is of a much more serious nature, and it is wisdom to trust in the Lord the Lord with all our heart, Prov. 3:5.

The effort we might expend in trying to save ourselves is all in vain. Someone will give up cursing, and this is good, but it is not something that leads to eternal hope. It doesn’t matter what “good” work we speak about – it cannot save. Moral reforms are good things, but they are bad if we trust in them. What does Jesus tell Nicodemus? Jesus says, “You must be born again,” John 3:7. Unless our reforms stem from the foundation of regeneration, they cannot be good in any saving way. They can actually be deceptive. Trusting in works is not unlike the punishment given to the 49 daughters of Danaus in Greek mythology. They were punished by being forced to fill a tub that had no bottom, using buckets that  leaked, to carry water. It was an exercise in futility, since it could never be done. So it is with those who trust in their own righteousness or works to save them. It is a self-made religion that does not save. We must be born again.

May the Lord deliver us from trusting in ourselves rather than in His mercy. We cannot repair our lives, outside of Christ putting things back together. All our efforts at such are useless, even pitiable. All our strivings that do not first begin with the Lord are sure to hit the mark of non-success. Where is our trust? It must be in Christ. It is because Christ is holy, that there is hope. It is not because I am holy. He gives His righteousness to those who trust Him and receive Him by faith. Our trust is here…It is in Christ, who He is, and what He is making us by His grace. It is in Christ, what He did, and how the Holy Spirit is applying His work of redemption into our lives – let us personalize this – into my life. It is wonderful to give up trying to save ourselves by merit. It is even more glorious to then place all our trust in One who actually “seals the deal” and brings us salvation. It is the only way that we may have peace with the Living God.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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