In case you forgot, today is Veterans Day. The picture that I have included is of my dad during WWII. He, like so many of his fellow soldiers, was a farm boy. He rarely talked about his life in the military, but when he did, the first story he told was about how fantastic the food was. Yes, you read that correctly.
Dad grew up during the Great Depression. His mother died when he was young, and my Grandpa Moore struggled to feed his kids. So, Dad was nearly speechless when he entered the military and had a full belly of a well-prepared meal. He said he was shocked when men around him complained about the “chow.” We never understand what we lack until we experience an increase.
The same is true with salvation. Until you receive Jesus as your Savior and are reborn, you have no idea how wonderful it is to be reconciled to God. The new life that Jesus gives us is inexpressable. We all try to communicate what it’s like for God to be alive in us. I suppose that’s why there are thousands of hymns and praise songs; we long to worship our God for His marvelous grace and mercy.
One Thanksgiving many years ago, we had a small reunion at my parent’s home. As the evening was winding down, I asked Mom and Dad if they ever were worried that Germany and Japan would win. In an instant, my mother chimed in and said, “Never! We didn’t know when, but we knew we would win.” In a way, this is how our confidence in Jesus has been and is for every Christian that has ever lived.
We know that Jesus will win. We don’t know when, but we know He will win. And we will be with Him when He does. Now I think that’s Good News.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.