"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: January 4

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save…” ~ Isaiah 59:1
In every other religion but Christianity, man is seeking God. Man is trying to earn his salvation. Trying to achieve his oneness with God as he understands Him. We have God’s own word for it that we cannot earn our salvation, that we are saved by faith. We also have God’s own word for it that His hand is not shortened. That He is the Saviour. A young college professor, who had grown dissatisfied with the cold orthodoxy upon which he had been fed, asked a question which [the author] never forgot: “What is the most important thing to believe?” [The author] made an appointment to meet him in a city near the college town where he taught, but in the interim she asked one after another of God’s older saints whom she’d met along the way --- “What is the important thing” She received some penetrating answers. And then she received the one she knew was the answer: “The important thing to believe is that Jesus saves!” No one else. Only Jesus. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” The important thing is that we can begin with the One who Himself is our salvation. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus…” and this same Jesus who saves is not only the Saviour, He is also the Light which points out our sins. There is no question but that His arm will reach all the way to where we are. There is no question about His power to save. There is no question about the penetrating power of His light. The only question is will we open our eyes and look?
"… It is I; be not afraid."

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