Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
People are not naturally moral. History proves it, our own nature shows it, and the Bible tells us from cover to cover that stumbling is part of our natural condition. History, for example, is filled with wars, greed, deceit, and hatred. Our present generation has witnessed the Holocaust, the threat of nuclear war, public corruption and private betrayal. And if we really look within ourselves, we have to admit to self-destructive habits and sins. Physically, we often don’t take care of ourselves as well as we could. Mentally we view ourselves with such distortion that we often need professional help to sort truth from error. Morally, we take short-cuts, hold grudges, tell lies on a small scale if not a large one.
Christ would not have had to die if people were perfect. But, when we depend on Christ’s substitution for us, we become perfect in God’s sight. We read in today’s verse that some day Christ will introduce us to the Father as faultless-and He’ll do it with great joy.
Thought: Today I will visualize Christ as proudly introducing me to the Father-and rejoice that His sacrifice makes it possible for me to be good.