The current global crisis — the COVID-19 pandemic — has evoked strong emotions. Some people are angry at God. Others fear him, wondering when the next hammer blow will fall. How about you? Are you at peace with God?
It’s perfectly understandable if you aren’t. When we are honest with ourselves, we realize we have given God ample reason to be angry with us. We have broken his law: not once or twice either. None of us have come close to being perfect. Daily we fall short of his standards.
That’s frightening. Terrifying even. Having God angry at you is not a good place to be. After all, he’s all-powerful!
This has all the makings of God exacting a terrible punishment on us. Something infinitely worse than the coronavirus.
And that is exactly how God reacted! Incredibly, however, he took his anger out on his Son rather than on us. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus’ cross served as a lightning rod for the whole world. All the lightning bolts of God’s anger at our sins landed on him. God didn’t let up. He punished Jesus for every last sin.
This means that God is now at peace with us! “The chastisement of our peace was upon him (Jesus); and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself;” (Colossians 1:20).
Because of Jesus, God right now is at peace with you! Don’t hide from him. Don’t be angry at him! Don’t think you must work yourself back into his good graces. Jesus has already done that for you.
Simply believe it. Trust that Jesus has established peace between you and God. Then rejoice. There is nothing better than knowing God is at peace with you.
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Additional Questions You Might Have
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He was born for one specific purpose: to be our substitute, doing all things necessary for us to live eternally with Heavenly Father.
Does God’s forgiveness give us a license to sin?
A common response to the teaching that forgiveness is God’s gift is the thought that this then gives people the license to sin all the more. But Scripture doesn’t support that argument.