Rom. 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
I was a nervous wreck as a child. Mom used to give me these prescription meds she called ‘nerve pills’. Who knows what those were! As I got into my teen years I continued along this path of self medication. You know the drill; pills, pot, alcohol, or whatever. There was no peace whatsoever in my life. I think I used to worry if I didn’t have anything to worry about. One of the most obvious changes that happened to me at my conversion was a new sense of peace in my life. The need for self medication was gone and the overall anxiety had dissipated. What had changed? Just like today’s verse says, I was justified by faith which brought me into peace with God. Peace with God brings a new peace into our whole being. The over all anticipation of bad things happening just wasn’t there. Even today, my natural tendency would be to slip back into those old depressing patterns of life. How do you walk in this peace consistently? We do it by fellowship with God; reading the Bible and worshipping God daily. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s verse.
“It is sin that breeds the quarrel between us and God, creates not only a strangeness, but an enmity; the holy righteous God cannot in honor be at peace with a sinner while he continues under the guilt of sin. Justification takes away the guilt, and so makes way for peace. And such are the benignity and good-will of God to man that, immediately upon the removing of that obstacle, the peace is made. By faith we lay hold of God’s arm and of his strength, and so are at peace. There is more in this peace than barely a cessation of enmity, there is friendship and loving-kindness, for God is either the worst enemy or the best friend. Abraham, being justified by faith, was called the friend of God, which was his honor, but not his peculiar honor: Christ has called his disciples friends. And surely a man needs no more to make him happy than to have God as his friend!”
So that’s it, friendship with God breeds peace into our lives. Friendship with God is what was purchased for us at Calvary. So maybe you have been anxious about all kinds of stuff in your life. I am not trying to say that your circumstances aren’t bleak, all I’m saying is that there is a real peace that can keep you in all of it. Basically it’s your choice; the ‘nerve pills’ and self medication or peace with God by grace through faith.