“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 NIV
For a long time I thought of salvation as my ticket out of hell. I knew about being a Christian, I grew up in church. As a child I felt called to the mission field and had a heart specifically for Africa. Somehow, someway I missed the bigger picture. I missed tucking away the deep, passionate love of my heavenly Father in my heart. When storms came into my life, I was not on firm footing. I got blown away.
Now decades later, through some pretty incredible orchestration by God, I’m here. I’m learning to trust Him more. Daily I try to wrap my head around His crazy love for me…and all of mankind. Today salvation looks very different for me. Instead of a fear of hell fire and brimstone (which I’m not negating), I really want to come to terms with His love. The more deeply I can understand His love, it will help me love myself and love others better. I won’t do things out of obligation. I will do the things He asks me to do out of love. A deep, solid, unshakeable love. He loves me like a rock. Yes He does!
Lord, thank you for Your never ending, never failing love! You love me like a rock! You are my fierce protector, my shelter in a storm.