“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2 NIV
On May 9, 2018, Charlie Brien saved a young girl from a fire in Mistissini, Quebec. While out walking in his neighbourhood, Mr. Brien saw some smoke and immediately made his way toward the burning house, where a four-year-old girl was alone. He broke a basement window with his foot, then entered the house, which was filled with thick smoke, but had to leave to catch his breath. Entering the house a second time, Mr. Brien found the young girl on the floor, not far from the growing flames. He grabbed her under the arms and pulled her out through the window to safety.
There are lots of things in this life that we need saving from. It might be from a burning house, or some kind of accident, and sometimes we need saving from ourselves – from our own stupidity, or selfishness, or lousy attitude. Ultimately, the saving we need is from the punishment that we deserve because of the sin in our lives. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The prophet understood this and so wrote in Isaiah 12:2; “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation.” We don’t deserve salvation or have the spiritual strength in ourselves to earn it. We are bankrupt – and we desperately need a Saviour. Isaiah understood that only as we trust the Lord will we experience His saving and keeping power. Salvation is a free gift, purchased at a great price by the death of Jesus Christ. Trust Him, as Isaiah did – and fear will lift and eternal life will be experienced.
These have been words from the heart.