Handling Adversity ~ DAY 12

I love how the author of this letter describes our salvation in Hebrews 2:3 as “such a great salvation.”  This reality should encourage us everyday of our lives as Christians.  It is a needed reminder that salvation doesn’t just refer to our initial faith in Christ as Savior.  It also refers to our ongoing progress of faith throughout our life.  Salvation is more than being delivered from the penalty of sin.  It is about being continually delivered or rescued from the power of sin – manifested primarily in the forces that oppose us every day – the world, our flesh, and the devil.  Salvation is a broader term in Greek than we often thing of in English.  It goes beyond the concept of deliverance to the idea of preservation through something so that one arrives safely.  When we consider the reality of our great salvation, let’s be mindful that God is continually delivering us and preserving us through all of life’s trial. 

Think of so many stories recorded in the Bible where God delivered and preserved His people.  I think of Lot and Joseph all the way back in the book of Genesis.  What about Job and all that he endured?  Then there’s Daniel and his friends exiled in Babylon or the prophets like Jeremiah, not to mention the Lord’s apostles in the book of Acts in the New Testament.  Repeatedly, our great salvation is on display!  Peter writes of a great inheritance that awaits us in eternity – an inheritance that is described as imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.  It is reserved in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4). 

Then Peter goes on in verse 5 to say this, “who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  Peter is stating that God is preserving a heavenly inheritance for His people (verse 4) and preserving His people for their inheritance (verse 5).  The power of God is more than just a saving power, it’s a keeping power!  The keeping power of our Lord is awesome.  It is as strong as His strength and as eternal as His person.  No Christian should ever doubt the supernatural providential care of the Lord.  As sure as God allowed His children in the furnace is the certainty that He will be in the furnace with them (Daniel 3:24 – 30). 

Remember in these days of uncertainty and adversity that God is with you; that He has you firmly in His grip!  The Lord stands as a sentinel over your life.  He is on duty 24/7, year in and year out, day in and day out, until we arrive safely home.  We are not kept by our power, but by the power of God.  We are not kept by our strength, but by His faithfulness.  Read and meditate on Psalm 121.