8 God said, “Truly, they are my people,
children who won’t do what is wrong.”
God became their savior.
9 During all their distress, God also was distressed,
so a messenger who served him saved them.
In love and mercy God redeemed them,
lifting and carrying them throughout earlier times. Isaiah 63:8-9, CEB
Starting on Day 11, we’re discussing why the way we talk about salvation matters for people in recovery.
I actually find the Old Testament quite comforting. I appreciate reading about people who so desperately desire God to make himself obviously known in ways that impact daily life. I find that comforting because I want that too, for my community, and for myself. If we were to talk of “God showing up” we’d be talking of salvation.
So, when we find hope amid hopeless, that’s salvation. When we find support in times of loneliness and isolation, that’s salvation. When we find friendship or companionship, that’s salvation. When we receive grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness, that’s salvation. It’s not something that’s just off in the future waiting, it’s here now.