PASTOR'S PEN: Rejoicing in repairs

Last week I drove over to Reed City to visit someone. On the way over I noticed a vibration in the car. It felt like something from the front tires. I paid my visit and started to drive home. The vibration became worse. I thought, “If I drive back to Evart, my vehicle may get more damage. I need some help.” I made a turn and headed to Reed City Tire. They were very kind, especially being near the end of the work day, and figured out the problem. It was a brake hose that caused the front brakes to seize up, essentially driving with the brakes on. I was very thankful for people that were knowledgeable and able to repair my broken vehicle. The joy of the simple fix outweighed the despair of not knowing what was going on when it was vibrating.

When I look at my life I can become pretty discouraged. I’m broken and can’t fix myself. God calls me to be holy, but I am not. God desires for me to live up to a high expectation that I cannot achieve. God created me to be with Him, but I fall short of His glory – very short (Romans 3:23). I certainly need help. But I’m not the only one with this issue. We’ve all fallen short.

This is the state in which we all find ourselves. We are stuck in a situation that we cannot get out of on our own. We are all under the wrath of God because we are all wicked (Romans 1:18, 3:12). We need help, much like I did when my car was vibrating; but here only One can save us, that is Jesus Christ. Because of Him you and I can have peace with God and can rejoice. If you believe on Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

What does this mean for you? It means freedom from sin. It means your sinful slate is wiped clean. It means the Judge’s verdict will be “not guilty”! Praise the Lord! “Therefore,” Paul tells us, “since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ … And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2). Once I trust in Christ, I have continual peace with God and can continually rejoice in the hope I now have of a non-guilty verdict and an open door to the God of the Universe. I no longer need to focus on my sinful past or get caught up in the guilt and depression of the wrong I have done. I can look forward, forward to a greater glory waiting for me. And that’s definitely something I can rejoice about every day!