BIBLE READING Titus 1:2
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
I always love and am honored when Pastor Hawtree asks me to do a devotional. Verse 2 of Titus 1 is a beautiful verse, and yet it is a sobering verse as well. As a believer you and I have a hope that an unsaved person doesn’t have, the “Hope of eternal life.” Eternal life with Jesus is the substance of that hope. I know you’ve heard people say “How can you know for sure you are saved?” or “How do you know you will go to Heaven?” Well, Paul answers that question for us here. Ready? It’s deep, and theological. The answer is because God promised it. God made the promise, and the verse tells us that God cannot lie. The trustworthiness of God is the security of that hope. That’s an encouraging promise, and how wonderful to know we can trust God, but today I want to focus on the last part of this verse “before the world began.”
Just for a moment, try to imagine with me, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as they decide to proceed with the idea of creation. God in His Omniscience knows that with creation there will one day need to be redemption. His foreknowledge allows Him to see the rebellion of Satan, the fall of man, and the total depravity of mankind, but they follow through with their plan. God, knowing what creation would cost decided, it’s worth the price. Redemption was God’s plan all along, living forever with you and me in Heaven was God’s plan all along. Sure enough, man follows through with his end of the deal, he sinned, and God puts in motion His plan of redeeming and restoring mankind.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
That verse takes on a different feel when we think that the Holy Trinity counted the cost before creation and still proceeded with it. It brings me to a question that may not have a right answer, but here goes. Did God prove His love to us more with the gift of His Son to die for our sins, or did He show His love more in the fact that He created us in the first place? Do me a favor and meditate on this question today. Just how much does God really love you? I think the answer is, more than we will ever know.