Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have a Savior. A savior is by definition is one who saves. Jesus saved me from sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus saved me so I could know God personally. Psalm 91:14-16 describes this relationship with God and what God will do because I love and trust in Jesus. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
One of my favorite passages that explains how and why Jesus is my Savior is Titus 3:4-7. Titus was a young convert of Paul and did missionary work with him after his imprisonment in Rome. They went to Crete together to spread the word about Jesus. In his letter to Titus, Paul explains the truth about Jesus, His gracious mercy in coming, His cleansing and renewing of our lives with His Holy Spirit and His marvelous grace.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Truly, there is no Savior other than our Lord Jesus. Let us join Mary today in saying, “and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” Luke 1:47
Suggestion: We know Jesus saved us from sin but what did He save you to? Think of at least 5 things that you can do now because you are saved by Jesus and have a relationship with God. (Hint- I can pray and know He will answer, I can ….) When you finish your list- offer it up to God with Praise and Thanksgiving in Jesus’ Name.
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have access to God’s wisdom. In James 1:5 we learn that though Christ we have the ability to ask God for wisdom. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” James makes it known that God gives wisdom to help us in our daily decisions and won’t put us down in any way for asking. James also assures us that God generously wants to give us wisdom for living. We can trust that all God’s advice is good. Nahum 1:7 assures us of God’s goodness and Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that all God’s plans and purposes for us are good. Therefore, we can be assured that good advice always comes from Him. Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him.” Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is good; it is an integral part of His character. We can trust Him and know that He will not give us bad advice or lead us in the wrong way. I don’t know about you, but it comforts me to know that God is willing to share His wisdom with me and guide me.
How do I get godly wisdom? Proverbs 1:7 tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Having the right heart attitude that shows reverence for God and His great wisdom is the place to start. Then look into God’s Word, spend time in prayer fellowshiping with Him allowing God the opportunity to lead you in His way. If we are diligent and patient, God will reveal His perfect will to us. God tells us “We do not have because we do not ask. We do not receive because we ask with wrong motives.” James 4:2b-3 Prayer that is honest, sincere and heartfelt is required. One other thought, the Lord promises to give us wisdom generously. We won’t get just a little bit of wisdom but enough to do what God has for us to do!
Suggestion: Think of a problem that is coming up this week, a relationship that needs work, or a task that needs to be accomplished. Pray and seek God’s wisdom in how to specifically proceed. Then wait and be amazed at the results.
As the psalmist nears the end of his lengthy outpouring of praises and petitions to God in Psalm 119:161-168, he lays bare before God his struggles with persecutors. He relies upon God’s Word and character to uphold him. “Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at your word. I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.“(161-2) He knows that God’s Word contains power to overcome and sustain. He considers it a treasure. He also discovered that as he called upon God throughout the day he received peace and had strength to face the tough circumstances he encountered. ” I will praise you seven times a day because all your regulations are just. Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble. (164-5) The psalmist concludes with what he knows about God. He is the one who saves. “I long for your rescue, Lord, so I have obeyed your commands.” (166) God knows him intimately and loves his obedience. “Yes, I obey your commandments and laws because you know everything I do.” (168)
Is God’s Word a treasure for you? Do you gain power to overcome by reading and meditating upon it’s truths? Do you pray throughout the day reminding yourself of the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit? Do you find peace? Do you obey and trust God because you know His character? Do you know that He knows you personally? Can you join the psalmist in obedience to God’s Word because of who He is and what He does? The psalmist trusted God in all things and called upon Him throughout his day in faith. Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 and 6 “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Making God real involves faith in who He is and what He has done for us in Jesus. Pleasing God involves seeking Him and accepting the gift of faith in Jesus. He promises sincere seeking will be rewarded by faith.
Walking by faith in God and His Word is the psalmists answer to life’s problems, may it be mine also.