Today’s Scripture: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 1 Peter 1:18‑20

Many historians have falsely stated that the first time the rescue call SOS was used, it came from the radio room of the Titanic. However, this distress call was a relatively new development when the Titanic began its maiden voyage. The previous code was CQD, which meant there was a real problem and assistance was needed.

On April 15, 1912, the first wireless operator on board the Titanic, Jack Phillips, began transmitting “CQD” until a second wireless operator, Harold Bridge, suggested, half-jokingly, “Send ‘SOS’; it’s the new call, and this may be your last chance to send it.” Phillips decided to start interspersing the old distress call with the new distress call. “SOS” went out, and other ships heard the distress call and came to aid in the rescue at great peril.

What does SOS stand for? There are a variety of acronyms associated with SOS: Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, Save Our Sailors, Send Out Succor, Survivors on Shore, Survivors on Ship, etc.

I find it interesting that God, in His wisdom and love for us, had a plan in place to Save Our Souls before any distress call could be tapped out, even before the foundations of the world. In today’s verses, we see redemption is from the precious blood of Christ, as a Lamb without blemish and without spot. He verily, or truthfully, was foreordained before the foundation of the world. Just ponder that Jesus Christ came to become the Lamb of God who would shed His precious blood. This was the plan to rescue humanity even before humanity even needed rescuing. It would be like sending rescue ships out to the Titanic before the Titanic was sinking!

Today, as you go about your day, remember you can walk and talk with our amazing all-knowing and all-powerful Savior! Realizing what we have in Christ should alleviate any calls of distress.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.