Day 17

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.  

 

The kinds of salvation promises God tends to make to his people are frustratingly vague yet surprisingly sweet and sincere.  God is the ultimate enigma.  

 

God consistently says to his people, “You are my people, and I am your God.”  What can we expect from this?  It implies protection and provision, but we rarely know to what exact extent.  On the one hand, the presence of the church globally suggests that God more than honors this promise.  Yet, many of us are disappointed because we’re not sure this kind of promise funnels down in our personal life.  I’m not sure if we’ll ever fully understand or get to the bottom of this.  
God is also consistently distressed by his people’s distress.  He doesn’t just acknowledge our suffering, he feels our suffering.  And this is important, because his ability to feel the distress of his people motivates him to act.  God can suffer, too, and, when he does, he makes a move to rescue his people from despair.  I doubt we can create a formula for understanding how this works, but I think it’s good to know that this kind of God exists.  

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