Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This past spring, Jerich Alcantara donned his cap and gown and boarded a New York City subway with family and friends accompanying him to his graduation at Hunter College. But the subway broke down and the car was stalled for hours. Jerich’s friends decided to celebrate his graduation then and there. The whole car got into the act. The young man walked down the aisle, passengers wished him well, friends presented him an improvised diploma, and the whole thing was posted on Facebook.
According to Romans 5:1-11, we have peace with God and rejoice in His hope—but we also rejoice in tribulation, for God knows how to turn tribulation into celebration. Because we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we can boast in trouble, for trouble produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out His love into our hearts by His Spirit.
Being a child of God means that we have peace with God. He is our shelter and provider that the world’s tribulation cannot erase. Let Him have your delays and disappointments as you graduate to new levels of His peace.
Lead on, O King eternal, the day of march has come; / Henceforth in fields of conquest, Thy tents shall be our home.
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