“…be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”
-2 Peter 3:14
A few years ago, I vividly remember that it was a normal morning as I was driving to work when suddenly I noticed that my windshield was covered with dirt and gravel from an oncoming vehicle that had crossed into the median and missed my car by just a few feet! I was struck like never before by the reality of death and the brevity of life. As I looked into my rearview mirror, I noticed that the vehicle made it back into the westbound lane on Highway 70. Immediately, the passage above flashed into my mind as I asked,
O Lord, am I at peace with You?
How can we be sure that we’re at peace with God? I think the answer to the question can be found in something I recently read concerning David Dickson, a 17th century Puritan. When John Livingston went to visit Dickson on his death bed, he asked him how he found himself. Dickson responded,
I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and cast them together in a heap before the Lord, and fled from both, and betaken myself to the Lord Jesus Christ, and in him I have sweet peace.
We can know that we’re at peace with God when Christ alone is our hope, boast, confidence, and glory before the living God. We can leap off the cliff of time and plunge ourselves into an endless eternity with confidence when our confidence in standing before God in all of His holiness is grounded in and founded upon Jesus Christ alone.
“For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.”