Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Poem, A Prayer, and a Promise

A poem. My seventeen-year-old son wrote this a few weeks ago . . .

Before we were saved, we were enemies of the One
Who loves us so much that He sent His only Son.
The Son that came as a man to die on a tree,
And as He took His final breath, He cried to God a final plea.
“God, forgive them, for they know not what they do,”
He then gave up His soul, but His work was not yet through.
Three days later, God’s Son rose from the grave
That through His life and death, men’s souls He could save.
Because of three nails and the blood that was shed,
We can now have communion with the Triune God-head.
We are no longer enemies of the incredible God above,
But we now have peace with God, by His Son, the ultimate gift of love.
This peace with God shows that He is on our side.
If God be for us, no one is against, we need not run and hide.
When trials come and stand in our way,
The peace of God is there, come whatever may.
This peace God gives us the day we are reborn,
A sense of calm in the midst of any storm,
Tranquility when our life is thrown in disarray,
Knowledge that God be glorified through our suffering and our pain.
This gift of God surpasses all understanding.
This peace is unwavering, never changing.
We know that God is with us through the thick and thin,
And there’s no need to worry when we are trusting in Him.
God shows us His power in the peace that He gives,
As well as in His grace, and mercy, or the way He forgives.
Let us never forget the peace with God we have through Christ,
That God loves us so much, that His son’s life paid the price.
And let us remember through trials and sufferings, too,
That we have the peace of God, knowing He is there to get us through.

A prayer. My prayer is that you understand that you are, by nature, a sinful person, and your sin has separated you from God; and that, because of sin, you will suffer the wrath appointed for all enemies of God. But there is good news: God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin and to receive the wrath that you deserve. He died in your place so that you might be reconciled with God. By placing your trust in Jesus Christ, you can be saved from the wrath to come, become a child of God, and become an heir to eternal life in heaven. By honestly repenting of (turning away from) your sins and asking God to forgive you, you can find peace with God - for eternity.

A promise. Having trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior and accepting Him as the Lord of your life, your problems will not all go away. In fact, you will probably suffer more than you ever have. But your suffering will be temporary (compare to the thought of eternally suffering the wrath of God in Hell) and it is for a purpose – God uses suffering to make you more like Jesus Christ and to bring glory to Himself. You now belong to Him. You are a child of the King. He loves you. And He will never leave you or forsake you. You have that promise.

1 comment:

Michael Family Blessings said...

I don’t know what to say about the points you raised. I have undergone Family Blessings a lot of times now, so I guess I couldn’t put in a negative word or two. I do like how you got your views across. Good luck to you.