Day 2

Our Need for a Savior

from the Because He Lives reading plan

Genesis 6:11-22, Genesis 8:13-22, Isaiah 54:1-10

BY Claire Gibson

Back in college, I was still of the mindset that if I behaved and performed well, God would reward me accordingly. And because I did the “right” things and got good grades, I assumed my post-college life would be smooth sailing. I expected that once graduation rolled around, I’d have a big plan—a big job—something I could tell people that would make their eyebrows go up an inch, showing that they were impressed.

But by March of my senior year, with just a couple months until the end of the semester and graduation looming, I still had no plans. The country was facing a recession. I had no job. No prospects. And I was angry at God, frustrated that I had no direction for the future, and convinced He had forgotten me. Slowly, my heart began to rebel against God, growing cold and guarded. I didn’t believe He cared about me, and so I withdrew from Him. In anger, I did all the things I knew in my heart weren’t His best for me. I would call them mistakes, except my actions were entirely intentional. I ran directly toward sin, only to end up feeling burned and ashamed.

The good news of Christ is so good because the bad news is so bad. And what’s the bad news? Not much has changed since the time of Noah. In Mark 7:21, Jesus told a crowd that what defiles a person isn’t from the outside, but what comes from the heart. All you have to do is turn on the news to see that evil still reigns in this world. But the worst of us comes from within. I have extreme memories that remind me of my wayward heart. I also have daily decisions, moments when I put aside my devotion to Christ and serve my whims, appetites, and desires.

My heart is a place of longing, doubt, and restlessness. I seek out quick comfort and distraction long before I seek God’s counsel and righteousness. I need a Savior, not to save me from sin out there. I need a Savior to save me from myself. The flood isn’t the world of other people. The most dangerous flood is the faithlessness of my heart. I need an ark. A hiding place. A safe haven from the deluge of my own desire and rebellion that would take me far from God.

God has given me such a Savior.

There is nothing I can do to remove His love from me. The door to the ark is always open. The covenant will not change. The destruction I deserve is not coming for me. “Though the mountains move and the hills shake, [His] love will not be removed from [us]” (Isaiah 54:10).

The good news is so good: Jesus is far better than any wooden boat that spares my life from external destruction. Jesus provides shelter and safety when the floodwaters of my own disobedience have risen too high for me to see. He takes me up in His arms and tells me there is no condemnation. Nothing can separate me from His love. Not even me.

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111 thoughts on "Our Need for a Savior"

  1. Shayna Webb says:

    I definitely felt convicted by this message. I have been praying for a spouse and have felt my heart harden as I turn 36 and still have no prospects in sight. Working to remember who God really is and the truths about him versus the lie I am telling myself about him not caring is a daily task.

  2. K says:

    This came at a perfect time. I am in school as well contemplating about grad school and/or a job post under-grad and I am so scared of tomorrow if I’ll get into the schools I want as its my passion of my heart or have to search for a job which isn’t my desired goal but I am keeping it as a back up. All in all, I need to remain faithful to Him because “He will make me a future that is not only of desire but of need, and if he doesn’t I will still praise Him.”

  3. Katie Harris says:

    I used to hide my past and in recent viewing from social media, a friend spoke about the Bible saying that instead of harvesting deep down sins confess them. So I had a long talk time with our Lord and I must say I know he is constantly looking out for me and working on me. I pray for everyone and hope everyone has received Jesus in their lives, AMEN!!

  4. Sarah Bernard says:

    Wow, today’s message really spoke to exactly where I am now, wrapping up grad school this month with no one hiring… Thankfully we have God’s promises to lean on. The verse that I keep repeating to myself is that the worst of the worst case scenarios can present itself, and I can feel alone or angry or oh so sad, “yet I still belong to You.” Help us to trust your plan in dark days, Jesus.

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