“Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.”
It’s every believer’s lot to occasionally grow anxious, to lose peace, to doubt that a good God really wants to do good things for us. We remember all our sins—years after He has chosen to forget them. We cringe at indiscretions, which in His discretion He has graciously erased from our life record. And so we crouch into the future, heads down, half-expecting the worst, or at least the very painful. Surely all our sins will soon catch up with us. “But surely He has borne our griefs and carried all our sorrows” (Is 53:4). It is to us—those who have taken Jesus as our Lord—the gospel speaks with special, reassuring power. We need not linger in the half-light of our anxious thoughts about our standing with the Saviour: “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Is 60:1). Grace is for every moment, even those when memories afflict us. Christ offers all He is to all who seek His joy and light. So stay in grace. -Bill Knott
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