Today's Devotional Thought
January 26, 2012 by Wendy Foreman
We Are Chosen
Salvation is through Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we can do to earn it or deserve it. God is gracious and has freely given us salvation through his son Jesus Christ. That is what today's verses tell us.
But I also want to stop and look at this verse another way.
From the beginning of time, God knew and loved us. He is God so that must mean he knows our mistakes, our failures, our successes, the good and the bad. These scriptures tell us that He loved us so much and because of his great love for us He would send His son down to earth to die a very cruel death. And because of that death, we would be seen as holy and blameless in his sight.
My favorite part is the end of verse 5: he wanted to do this, it gave him great pleasure.
Friends, I am going to be honest. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around those verses. You see, I can look at my life and point out many ways that I have failed, made mistakes and the regrets I have because of them. So to think that even before I was born He was making these plans, even though he knew the sins I would commit, he was planning out my salvation and making the plans to adopt me into his family and that all of it gave him great pleasure, I tear up with such gratitude. God has extended such grace to us, His children.
I am doing a new bible study with our ladies at church titled "As Silver Refined" by Kay Arthur. We are talking about failures and disappointments and how to handle them so that they don't lead us down a road of depression and despair. I have learned so far (only in chapter 3) that we have a God who gives us hope when we fail. I have learned that we must be in God's word and learn who he is and how much he loves us and I feel these verses today speak to that love. Many in this world, when they fail, feel hopeless. They begin to emotionally spiral and wonder if they will ever be able to get it back together again. Imagine for a minute having a heavenly Father who sees you the way He created you to be, not with all the mistakes, failures and disappointments that we attach to ourselves.
I John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. When we confess those mistakes we have made, the sins we have committed that more than likely led to the failures we are purified, we are cleansed. God no longer sees our sin. Psalm 103:11-12 says, For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions (sins) from us. When we come before our heavenly Father and confess those sins all 3 of these verses tell us that He no longer remembers them, he removes them from us.
This gives me hope.
What these verses portray is a beautiful picture of God extending grace to those He loves.
If you are reading this today and going through something, consequences of a mistake or failure and you are feeling like God will never use you again or that you will never be forgiven, those my friends are lies of Satan. God will use those mistakes and failures for your good and His glory. That I promise. God is extending his grace to you today and he is telling you that He has purified you and forgiven you of those mistakes and failures if you have confessed them to Him.
Take time today to speak with God and make things right with Him. Sit in His presence and allow Him to fill you up with His love and His peace.
He is waiting for you!