Sept 23 – No Such Thing

C.S. Lewis, famous for the Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia, once wrote, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” This brilliant man, and student of life never wrote anything more appropriate or practical or truthful than these words. What did he mean? Just this- until a person has made his or her peace with God, there can be no real happiness. He is saying until we acknowledge that in us there is “no good thing” (because we are all sinners by nature and by choice) and that we need His forgiveness and presence in our lives, all attempts to find happiness and peace will be in vain. But happily, when we come to that place we experience what Paul wrote to the Romans-“ Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Apart from a proper relationship with Jesus Christ- there is no happiness and peace. “There is no such thing.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell