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Salvation Stories

Salvation Stories

10 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Micah 5-7; Hebrews 7

Scripture:

4 “I delivered you from a bad life in Egypt; I paid a good price to get you out of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you— and Aaron and Miriam to boot! 5 Remember what Balak king of Moab tried to pull, and how Balaam son of Beor turned the tables on him. Remember all those stories about Shittim and Gilgal. Keep all God’s salvation stories fresh and present.” (Micah 6:4-5 MSG)

God reminded his people to tell their Salvation Stories over and over, passing them from generation to generation. They told the stories of their deliverance from Egypt, God’s path through the Red Sea, God’s forty-year care for them in the wilderness, crossing the Jordan River, Jericho’s walls falling down flat, David and Goliath, Esther the Queen, an extensive list! God’s Salvation Stories formed the basis of their faith, their culture, and marked their year with holidays celebrating God’s Salvation for Israel.

When our kids were growing up, Jean and I made sure that we told them our Stephens Family Salvation Stories often. We even made special times around seasonal holidays to remind ourselves of the many times God intervened in our lives and provided in miraculous ways. In more recent years, we’ve developed a practice of “mini-retreats” at times of special need or seasons when our lives are changing course. A key part of those mini-retreats is taking time to recount God’s Salvation Stories – both long ago in our history and recent in our experience.

God’s Salvation Stories remind us of God’s power, love, and faithfulness to us. God’s Salvation Stories give us something to celebrate, even in the most challenging of times. God’s Salvation Stories ground our faith. God’s Salvation Stories are powerful testimonies to others.

May I encourage you to live your life far enough out of your comfort zone, near enough the edge of your human ability and capacity, that your experiences and God’s gracious power will create your own Salvation Stories!

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for your salvation – historical, future, and daily! Thank you that Jean and I and our children have great Salvation Stories to tell ourselves and others – stories of your faithful love and powerful provision. Today I’m going to tell some Salvation Stories. Amen.

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