16 The War is OVER

16 The War is OVER

The bitter conflict had finally ended between the North and the South. The soldiers of the US Civil War were free to return to their families. But a number of them remained hidden in the woods, living on berries. They either didn't hear or didn't believe that the war was over, so they continued enduring miserable conditions when they could have been back home.


It's something like that in the spir­itual realm too. Christ made peace between God and man by dying in our place. He paid sin's penalty on the cross. Anyone who accepts His sacri­fice will be forgiven by a holy God.


Sadly, many people refuse to believe the gospel and continue to live as spir­itual fugitives. Sometimes even those who have placed their trust in Christ live on almost the same level. Either out 0f ignorance or unwillingness, they fail to claim the promises of God's Word. They do not experience the joy and assurance that should accompany salvation. They do not draw from their relationship with God the comfort and peace He intends for His children. They are the objects of His love, care, and provision but live as if they were orphans.


Have you been living apart from the comfort, love, and care of your heavenly Father? Come on home. The war is over ! --Richard De Haan


We fail, O Lord, to realize

The fullness of what You have done,

So help us trust Your saving work

And claim the triumph You have won.


by D. De Haan



Christ's victory over death means peace for His saints.