The bitter conflict had finally been settled between the North and the South. Although the soldiers of the American Civil War were free to return to their families, a number of them remained in hiding in the woods, existing on berries. They either did not hear or did not believe that the war had ended. They continued living under miserable conditions when they could have been back in the comfort and security of their homes.
It’s something like that in the spiritual realm. Christ has made peace between God and man by dying in our place. He has paid sin’s penalty on the cross. By accepting His sacrificial work, anyone can be forgiven by a holy God. Sadly, many people refuse to believe the good news of the gospel and continue to live as spiritual fugitives. And sometimes Christians – we who have placed our trust in Christ – live on almost the same level. Either out of ignorance or unwillingness, we fail to appropriate the promises of God’s Word. We do not experience the joy and assurance that should accompany our salvation. We do not draw God’s from our Father-child relationship with God the comfort and peace He intends for us. Although we are the objects of His love, care, and provision, we live as if we were orphans! It’s not enough simply to know God’s promises. We must claim them as our own.
Have you been living apart from the comfort and care of your heavenly father? Come on home! The war is over! – Richard W. De Haan
O wretched man, whoever you are,
Incline your ear and hear;
Why onward go with sin-sick heart’
While Christ our Lord is near? – McLendon
Christ as Savior brings peace with God; Christ as Lord brings the peace of God.
- June 24, 1988, Our Daily Bread