By Benjamin H. Liles
For He says: I heard you in an acceptable time, and I helped you in the day of salvation. Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2, Holman Christian Standard
The Psalmist writes, "But as for me, LORD, my prayer to You is for a time of favor. In Your abundant, faithful love, God, answer me with Your sure salvation" (Psalm 69:13, Holman Christian Standard). This writer is pleading with God for His favor in His timing. And then he recounts God's character by saying of Him, "In Your abundant, faithful love." Why is this important? I believe it goes back to getting under God and His sovereignty (making God your ruler, your King). In other words, get to where He is on the throne of your heart. What was that first commandment? "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5, New King James).
What better way is there to let God know you love Him when you debase (make yourself humble) yourself to the point He has all the glory? Paul, in looking back to the Psalmist's day, is thus essentially saying that God's favor is now. How is that so? Ever since Jesus ascended the hill of Golgotha, the place we call Calvary and died in our place on the cross salvation has been here for all of us. Yes, it took place almost two thousand years ago, but ever since He rose from the tomb and ascended into Heaven, His mercy, grace, and salvation have been ours. All it takes is humbling ourselves. Which leads me to that verse. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14, American King James).
We are His! In another verse, Paul writes, "And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified, those He justified He also glorified" (Romans 8:30, Berean Study). So, God in His goodness knows who belongs to Him, even before we do belong to Him! this is another way we know God is who He claims to be: He knows it all! Everything about us, and He still takes us as we are, demonstrates His unending love toward us. But it doesn't mean we continue living a sinful life. Rather, since His day has come, the day in which God's Kingdom came near, and we can now freely receive adoption into His family, we can celebrate life everlasting with Him over remaining separated from Him. Oh, the depths of His love! And yet at the same time, we need to realize we must give up our old lives, our old way of thinking, acting, behaving, and living to allow Him the right to work salvation out in and through us.
Father, I thank You for how holy and just You truly are! In Your love towards me, You spared me Your wrath, which was due me. You loved me so much You put Your Son in my place, on the cross. I thank and praise You for this. I know it's nothing to do with who I am or what I have done, for this gift You gave has nothing to do with my character or my works. Rather, You did this to prove who You are to me. You did that so I may glorify in You, that I may honor and uphold You and Your majesty. I do so now, and forever will I keep on. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.