For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil. 1:6
Dear Father, the pressure is off. We don’t claim these promises; they claim us. Hallelujah… because of Jesus’ finished work, we’re a part of your story of unimaginable redemption and cosmic restoration.
We don’t have to be afraid of anything—dying or living, our brokenness or weaknesses; what people may think of us, or what Satan might throw at us; insurrections in the world, or 2020 elections. The Gospel confirms you are unequivocally and incomparably good; and irrepressibly and immeasurably loving.
According to your Word, our future is crammed full, bursting at the seams with beauty, wholeness, and perfection (Rev. 21:1-6). Indeed, no eye has seen, ear heard, or mind imagined what you have prepared for those you love (1 Cor. 2:9). And we love you only because you first loved us and gave Jesus on our behalf.
Our salvation is a work we didn’t begin, and you alone can finish. We can’t perform our way out of sin, or earn our way into your love. From beginning to end, salvation is all of grace—the whole “redemptive enchilada.” We contributed nothing but our sin to our salvation, and you gave us everything in your Son. Thank you, Father.
We live in anticipation of the Day when we will be as lovely and loving as Jesus; for you have guaranteed it (1 John 3:1-3). For so great a salvation we worship you; for so awesome a Savior, we adore you; for another November Monday to live to your glory, we praise you. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ glorious and grace-full name.