Day 1: Salvation is Here

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Hope would be meaningless if we did not have a living God Who makes and fulfills His promises.

Scripture of the Day:

1 Peter 1:3-6

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Ever feel like salvation looks a little different than what you had hoped for? I mean, if we are on the Jesus team now, life should be unicorns and roses without the thorns, right? Or maybe you haven’t accepted the free gift of salvation yet because you are not sure you can hope in one more thing that will possibly let you down.

Seriously, life can send us some hard times and it is not enough to quote some nice sounding sayings to get us through it all. Our hope in God can begin to falter when we pray and we pray and circumstances don’t change. Where is God when life hurts? Why doesn’t He choose to end our pain sometimes?

It seems wrong to question, but in all honesty, the only path to healing and finding genuine hope is to walk through the door of pain and seek to understand the heart of God in it all.

It is in the moment of our angst and grief that we find more than comfort in God’s Word and His presence. We discover a purpose and a hope far less superficial than the quest for a perfectly pain-free life, and God surprises us with a living hope in Him.

If you have ever wondered where God was when you discovered the most horrific, painful truth that shattered your life and family, or your home was foreclosed, or when you suffer with multiple illnesses, or your marriage ends in divorce or your pregnancy ends in miscarriage . . . the list goes on and on with the disappointments life can bring . . . you are not alone. I’ve wondered, too, when I walked through all of the things I just mentioned. But that wondering has been transformed into a wonder at how awesome God is – even when life hurts.

Religiously saying He is there or won’t give us more than we can handle doesn’t cut it when the sky is falling. He is not just there when we suffer – He chose the suffering we seek to avoid – because He loves us so much. When He chose to be rejected by men, spat upon and to bear our punishment, the Bible says He had joy. He endured His suffering knowing firmly the hope He had. In His immense suffering, He knew what He was accomplishing in that suffering – the salvation of many.

So it is with us. When we suffer and long for our deliverance, long for just a glimmer of hope again, God is accomplishing something far greater than relief from our temporary pain. He is changing our hope and making us into His image, but He also gives grace in our time of need.

To be human is to hope – to hope and believe in an ultimate good end. God uniquely made us with a craving for hope and something more than we see around us. This is not ingratitude, but a longing placed there by a sovereign God, who knew we needed to be people of Hope to live worthy lives.

He does not tell us to hope and then crush our dreams. Hope would be meaningless if we did not have a living God Who makes and fulfills His promises. Hope is an overused word that can lose its meaning, unless we begin to look deeper into what this hope is really like that God has for us.

The Scripture above says that when we are saved we are saved into a living hope. Not just a concept, nor a thing to strive for – this hope is alive and given to us. Our hope is alive because our Savior is alive. This does not mean the removal of pain or sorrow, but it does mean He will rescue us. It might be a mighty deliverance that brings Him glory or it might mean an awesome testimony of His enablement throughout. The irony of God’s salvation is that God does not always save us from our troubles, but He often saves us through our troubles.

Some of the most amazing men of God in the Bible died, never having seen their hope fulfilled, yet their hope was certain. Their hope was beyond the grave and eternal.

When we feel without hope, it is in that moment that our hope is in the wrong place. Don’t get me wrong – it is not wrong to hope to see the goodness of God in the land of the living – the Psalmist echoed the same heart cry – but when our hope is in Him alone, we are no longer disappointed.

There is an awe that God will somehow use the mess to bless and also glorify Himself. He promises to. Instead of hoping I will no longer have to suffer, I now hope that I can honor God in every situation that arises.

During one of the greatest sorrows of my life, I was crying out to God and asking Him why He let someone else’s sins destroy my life and why I was suffering consequences for their sins. “I wasn’t angry when I bore your sins” was the answer. God forgive me. I had forgotten about His glory and felt forgotten by my loving Father, when He was inviting me to get hope and strength from Him in the midst of the fire.

On the day God drew me to Himself, I was saved from eternal suffering, but my circumstances did not change. I was submerged into a litany of newfound persecution, but my heart was full of hope. This is the mystery of a supernatural hope – it does not depend on anything this world has, but is firmly anchored in God alone.

This hope is anchored in a future salvation that is yet to be fully revealed. It is not anchored in a problem-free, perfect life on earth.

As we explore this hope together, the verse above reminds us that this salvation is a living hope. Our salvation is a constant hope that we look to and can depend on. It never fades, it is certain. It is a relationship with the God Who made us.

One last promise to keep us going – Jesus is interceding for us. He knows we get discouraged. He will not fail us and will restore our hope if we will just hang on to His word and promises.

Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

20 thoughts on “Day 1: Salvation is Here

  1. Hope is the fruit of faith…

    I heard this in a sermon: There is no senseless suffering for a Christian. He’s working ALL THINGS for our good. Our suffering is not without meaning or purpose. Clinging to His promises today.

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  2. As a believer I still struggle but again I never give up hope, keep on believing and continue to have faith. We all know faith requires trials and your response to the trials proves our faith. He help us go through trials. Because I know he holds my future. Gods knows we get frustrated and disappointed but He promise it is not easy but again, He said He will never leave us and He always keeps His promise.
    God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

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    • Yeah, this year I finally believed that God does not leave us ever, because…..his Holy Spirit LIVES in us, and will never be taken away from us. In the old testament the Holy Spirit did leave for example King Saul, but we live on this side of the cross, so the Holy Spirit stays….although we can grieve and silence him by our actions, he is still there. And as soon as we repent he “wakes up” again. 🙂

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  3. What came to mind when I read your devotion Denise is Hebrews 11:1 KJV
    Now FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.
    I love the word substance. It’s like you can almost touch it. I love the whole chapter 11. It really builds your faith. First you have hope, which creates the substance of faith, which moves mountains, like we see in the rest of the chapter. God bless you Denise! Thanks for inviting me to read your devotions. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you see God’s love for you even more, as you spend time with Him and write and share your thoughts with us. Love you!

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    • Thank you, Titta. I thought of the same verse! It will be shared on one of the other days of this adventure in Hope Reinvented . . . wait for it! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words. Love you, too!

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  5. I love this blog, I think I’m ganna read these devotions for the next 31 days! When you meantioned this natural hope that men have in side them, immediately I am reminded of eccl 3:11 and Titus 1:2

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  6. Loved these statements you made:
    He is not just there when we suffer – He chose the suffering we seek to avoid – because He loves us so much
    And this one: This does not mean the removal of pain or sorrow, but it does mean He will rescue us. It might be a mighty deliverance that brings Him glory or it might mean an awesome testimony of His enablement throughout. The irony of God’s salvation is that God does not always save us from our troubles, but He often saves us through our troubles.

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    • Yes and amen! Revival in the house! I am always reminded that I cannot imagine the present or the future without God’s grace, and likely do not fully recognize His amazing grace in the past. He is our hero! 🙂

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