Words from the Heart for Saturday December 10th, 2016
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)
God is My Salvation
The greatest criticism of the universe has been removed from you – your sin has been paid for! Since this criticism is gone and God does not hold it against you, let every criticism that comes against you today help you to grow in grace.
A recent survey shows that Canadians are not saving their money like they used to. Back in the 1980’s Canadians saved twice as much as Americans – an amazing 20% of our disposable income in 1982. In 2016, Canadians save 4.2% compared to 5.5% in American households. And close to half of Canadian households would have a difficult time paying their bills if their pay came even one week late. The 20% savings rate only lasted a year at a time when interest rates were sky-high and Canadians got a good return on their savings. Yet, since 1982, as the interest rates have declined, so has the amount that Canadians have saved. Currently, the average debt balance for a Canadian consumer, excluding mortgages, was $21,028 in the second quarter of 2015.
The closer a person gets to God, the greater their awareness of their sinfulness. If that is where the story ended, the Gospel would not be good news at all. No loving God leaves a person aware of their sin with no way to deal with that condition. The good news of the Gospel and one of the principles of the kingdom of God is the more we are aware of our need for a Saviour, the more precious Jesus is to us. Mary, the young Israelite woman chosen to be the mother of the Messiah, was completely aware of her own sinfulness and her need for a Saviour. So in her song of praise that followed God’s message to her that she would be the mother of Jesus the Messiah, she sings, in Luke 1:47: “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.” These are similar to the words used by the prophet 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 defense; he has become my salvation.” The coming of Jesus into our world was the fulfillment of the longing of every Jewish heart. The Messiah would come and He would redeem them from sin and become their salvation. The good news for us is that Jesus is not just the Saviour of the people of Israel: He came to redeem men and women from every nation, tribe and language, you included.
These have been words from the heart.