10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2).
Peter gives a subtle reminder here that our lives began with a “not” in them. We were not something before we became anything. We did not belong to God and we did not have God’s mercy—which are really both the same thing—for, without the mercy of God, we would never become the possession of God.
Just so, the “not” in our past is overridden by the “but now” in our present. Every day we should be reeling in delight over the “but now” that undergirds our spiritual state of being. For the truth of the matter is, you and I not only became, but we remain the people of God—only because of the mercies of God extended to us. Peter does not write, “but then”—he writes, “but now!” Praise God that His mercies are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23)—indeed, every moment!
Lord we thank You for the “but now” working in our lives each and every day and each and every moment. Help us This Day to live in gratitude for Your mercies. Amen.