S (Scripture): Isaiah 12:1 At that time you will say: “I praise you, O Lord,
for even though you were angry with me, your anger subsided, and you consoled me.
12:2 Look, God is my deliverer!
I will trust in him and not fear.
For the Lord gives me strength and protects me; he has become my deliverer.”
12:3 Joyfully you will draw water
from the springs of deliverance.
O (Observation): Israel and Judah have fallen and God’s people are deeply in need of a Savior. Isaiah, God’s prophet, speaks of a day that will come when God’s anger turns away from God’s people. At that time, the Lord will give God’s people strength and bring them joy.
A (Application): For God’s people at the time, their salvation was to come at a future time. We could read this, and decide that our future in heaven is secure, and leave it at that.
However, I want to know what salvation we experience now. Salvation is not only in the future for us, in heaven. Rather, Christ has come to set us free from the power of sin and death NOW.
What impact does “salvation now” have on your life? How does “salvation now” bring you hope and joy today?
P (Prayer): Lord, you watch over us and bring us salvation, now. Help us to see how we can represent you in the world, since you have chosen us as you’re own. Amen.