“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation…” -Psalm 68:19-20
What do you think of when you hear the word, salvation? Many of us would say that it reminds us of when we were “saved” by placing our trust in Jesus. That is, by His once and for all sacrifice on the cross, Jesus saved our souls from the penalty of sin and secured our future forever (Hebrews 9:24-28).
There’s no doubt, this is salvation in its ultimate sense.
But did you know that there are many other ways in which God saves us? His mercy and compassion go beyond just making sure you and I are saved from eternal condemnation. He is also kind enough to save us in the midst of all the troubles that we face in our broken world today.
These are the crisis’ and trials that we’re up against on a regular basis…like the dust-up with a significant other, or the pain in our abdomen, or the scheduling conflict, or our struggle with thoughts that have gone completely rogue…to name just a few.
In these situations, too, God is a God of salvation. When we ask Him for help, He is obliged to hear us and respond. Yes, He saved us once from the worst case scenario of hell, but He also saves us over and over again from these everyday life situations that we encounter.
This is not to say that He never allows hardship to come our way. He does. But even then, He saves us from being victimized by circumstances. He allows us to suffer but He refuses to allow us to suffer alone. He walks through adversity with us and promises to bring good out of it in the end (Romans 8:28-29).
Quite simply, it is God’s nature to save. This is who He is and what He does. So whatever your needs are today, He is your salvation. If you are far from God and sense the need to get right with Him, He can do that. Or if you are a Christian who is already “saved,” but you’re facing something very hard, He can help with that, too.
Either way, it’s like the old hymn says:
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.
“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” -I Peter 5:7