April 16 (1 Samuel 25:33)
Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be
you, who have kept me
this day from bloodguilt and from working
salvation with my own hand! (ESV)
Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia! This is the single greatest day in the history of the world…but why? It is hard to understand in a do-it-yourself culture. From the time we are children, we learn that we must work salvation with our own hands. Do this so that you may get that. Good grades keep you on the team. The right transcript and references get you a job. Fulfilling the boss’s desires leads to money that leads to possessions that leads to…that leads to…
David was set to murder a man when that man’s wife came to him and begged him not to do so. David’s words to her, as with so much that David said, carried a message for us. We do not work out our own salvation. We cannot, for there is nothing God needs that we could provide to make right the sins of our lives. We would indeed be in a most desperate state if the story ended there. Praise be to God it did not!
There is no more important day than Easter for the simple reason that God Himself has worked out salvation for us. He took all the sins of the world to the cross, and they crushed the life from Him. And then He crushed death. He rose from the dead and opened the way to true life, both now and in eternity, for all who choose to receive His gift. Blessed is He Who has worked our salvation with His own blood-stained hands!
Father, I praise You! Lord Jesus, I praise! Holy Spirit, I praise You! I praise You, one God, now and forever, amen!
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins