“This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 HCSB).


God desires that all humanity would be saved. Yet, we know from the Scriptures that only those who believe will receive God’s salvation. The tension between what God “wants” and what we choose is difficult to ease. We tend to overstate one side or the other, either making too little or too much of man’s free will.
However, let us just consider the fact that God “wants” to save us, absent the theological conundrum for a moment. This surely reveals to us something about God. He created us. He loves us. And He wants to save us and be known by us. That God “wants everyone to be saved” reveals the loving heart of our God that would motivate Him to send His only Son, Jesus, to actually purchase what He Himself desired.
What does God want? He wants us. And when we are found by Him, we are called to tell others that God wants them too.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are amazed that You have desired us. More than that, You have sent Your Son to redeem us and adopt us into Your family. We are amazed. We love You, Lord. And we thank You for salvation. We would be lost without You. Fill us afresh this day with Your Holy Spirit that we might serve You. In Jesus’ name, amen.