To the Saints at Faith Baptist Church,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 1:2).
What does grace and peace look like in the life of a believer? Let it be said that it manifests itself in different ways: it might look a little different with you then it does with me. But when grace and peace are evidenced in a believer’s life he or she will be like that man our Lord spoke of in Matthew 7:24—that wise man—who built his house upon the rock. The rains fell; the floods came; the wind blew and beat upon the house; but it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.
Would it be fair to say that wisdom can be found in knowing Christ: knowing His grace (His unmerited favor) and His peace, despite circumstance? If so—and if that grace and peace manifests itself in your life—then you will be unmovable, unflappable, and unshakeable amidst the storms that will undoubtedly come. They’re beating against the door; they’re trying to get in and wipe you out; but Christ is your Lord—you’ve been founded upon the rock; and He is your shelter; He is your grace and peace; and that is what keeps you, despite circumstance.
There was another man in that story. He built his house upon the sand; he was not on the sure foundation of Christ; Christ was not Lord. He might have been near the rock, but he was no on the rock. You might be near to Jesus, but do you make Him your foundation? And what will happen when the storms in life come? —The rains fall; the floods come; the winds blow and they will beat against everything you’ve built, and it will fall. Jesus says, “Great was the fall of it.”
Do you know the grace and peace of God no matter what tragedy has come, or will come, your way? Or are you shaken to your core and devastated whenever trouble comes? How you respond to trial is a good indicator as to whether or not you know the grace and peace that can only come from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.