Friday, April 13, 2012
Today’s Topic: Hope for the Future
Today’s Text: Isaiah 63:8 (NLT) He said, “They are my very own people. Surely they will not be false again.” And he became their Savior.
“And He became their Savior.”
Excuse me while I look for my socks, because they have just been blown off. It’s a little hard to walk around because my world has been rocked. I’m floppin’ around like a scared bird whose cage has been rattled. STOP!
Seriously, I am overwhelmed with that statement. Think about it. They had rebelled. They had committed spiritual adultery by embracing idolatry. They had become completely self-centered and self-serving. They manipulated the laws of God to serve their own purposes. To remove guilt and shame they indulged in every form of pain relief known to man. They were drunkards, drug addicts, sex addicts, rapists, and murderers. They offered their children as human sacrifices to false gods. They were corrupt to the core.
Yet God said, “They are my very own people. Surely they will not be false again.” And he became their Savior.
On Sunday, for the third time in four weeks, the baptistery at our church will be filled and people will be symbolizing their death to sin and their resurrection to new life in Christ by being baptized by immersion. Let me tell you about two of them.
He’s an ex-con, released from jail recently. She was totally opposed to anything spiritual. They hooked up after he got out of jail and now have a beautiful set of twin daughters. They are not married – yet. After investing time and love into them, a young married couple from our church invited them to come see the movie Courageous. The next day they were in church. At the conclusion of the service, I couldn’t give an invitation to salvation fast enough, and both of them responded in faith to the offer of God’s grace. He became their Savior.
That was two weeks ago. On Sunday the husband of the couple who brought them to the Lord for salvation will have the honor of baptizing them. Our congregation will shout and praise the Lord. We will rejoice, because once again we have seen the power of Jesus Christ to save. No matter how bad the past, there is a Living Hope for the future.
Maybe it’s time for you to finally see the love that God has for you. Maybe it’s time to realize that the affirmation you have been searching for is found in the words of the Lord when He says, “Surely they will not be false again.” Maybe now is the time to trust the One who gave His life in exchange for you when He died on the cross as the ultimate expression of God’s love. That’s how much He loves you.
There is hope for you, no matter where you are or what you have done. God is not counting the number of failures; He’s planting the seed of faith in your heart right now so He can guarantee your future.
Isn’t it time to trust Him to be your Savior?