Open the newspapers after a tragedy and a swarm of hornets would make less noise than the clattering keys of a bazillion writers typing manmade solutions to a marred society. When the hum of their common-sense solutions reaches its apex, the sound will be as useful as a compass attached to a magnet. The needle waves wildly then breaks.
History reveals that no civilization has ever escaped moral deterioration. Despite the best trumpet calls of would-be saviors, no one has erased the reality of sin or the eventuality of death.
Exodus 15:2--The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.This is my God, and I will praise Him,my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
Salvation comes from God. Only the Creator can rescue His creation from a rebellion He providentially allows to exist. Only a slain Messiah capable of overcoming death and taking on the sins of a world can hold the torch of salvation and not get burned. Is it baptism, or speaking in a mysterious tongue, or attending the right church that saves us? Is it ritual, birth heritage, sacraments, or clean living that guarantee eternal life? Or is it grace that rescues us—God’s divine and holy grace? “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
The credit for salvation goes to the Savior not the one being rescued. Is not our work to believe that the one who extends His hands is able to pull us in—and not let go! Only the grace of a merciful Jesus can transform a sin-stained life into a redeemed soul! The Apostle Peter stated, “ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it” (Acts 4:12). The Apostle Paul noted, “ For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9). We follow Jesus and He is our salvation!
God revealed to the Apostle John that one day there will be a “. . . vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands” who in spectacular worship will proclaim exuberantly,“Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9,10). Are you dying to be saved? Then you should be living to worship your Savior. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
In the realm of what is humanly possible, we don’t need God; common sense is our god. We don’t pray to God; we pray to some edifice of our common sense. It is God who is the architect of salvation; therefore salvation is not a common-sense design. What we have to do is to get inside that salvation.—Oswald Chambers in Not Knowing Where
©1999 Daniel York ARR. Reveration is the weekly devotional ministry of First Cause. If you would like to receive these devotionals go to www.firstcause.org and click on the “Click here to receive weekly devotionals” box. Unlimited permission to copy this devotional without altering text or profiteering is allowed subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
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