God Saves

Time to read: 2 mins

Isaiah 59:1 tells us “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.

Think of all the times in the Bible when God saved people.

In the Old Testament Noah was saved from the flood, Lot was saved from Sodom, the Children of Israel from Egypt and later from captivity in Babylon. The three Hebrews were saved from the fiery furnace, Jonah from the belly of the big fish and Rahab from Jericho. In the New Testament Jesus healed people, saving them from the pain of disease or even death as well as forgiving their sins – Bartimaeus, Jairus’ daughter, Lazarus the mad Gadarene and many others. Peter was rescued from prison, Paul from a shipwreck.

What was the common theme with all these?

Those that were saved trusted that God was both able and willing to save them. They prayed to him in their need seeking his help. Some sought spiritual salvation, they knew their sins had separated them from God and they cried out to him in their need, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner”. Others were in impossible providential circumstances like the Children of Israel trapped between the Red Sea and the advancing Egyptian army. Sometimes the need was both providential and spiritual as in the case of Rahab and many of those who sought healing from disease in the New Testament. When Peter was sinking he prayed “Lord, save me!”. The Canaanite woman with the ill daughter prayed “Lord, help me!” The amazing truth is that in every case where people cried out to God in faith, God helped them. Sometimes by removing the problem, other times by helping them to cope.

This is so encouraging. Consider this verse, “the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear”. Remember all the times he has done this in the past. Remember his promise that he will still hear when we pray today. Trust him that he is still willing and able to save, whether in spiritual or providential need, even when things seem impossible.

[A00094 – 16/11/2018]

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