June 26 (Isaiah 45:22; Acts 4:12)
Turn to me and be saved, all
the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
There is only one hope for the world…every country, every business, every family, every single person. That hope is not education. It is not a government program. It is not a vague, sunshine and daisies belief in abstract concepts like decency and fair play. The one hope we have is God, and even that does not mean a generic concept of deity. The only hope we have is in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the one God fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.
Does that sound exclusive? Does that sound mean for not acknowledging other paths? First, let us be clear. This is central to both the Old and New Testaments. God has made His unique identity clear in countless verses. This is not the invention of any particular church or religion. It is what the one true God has revealed about Himself. But is it really exclusive? In fact, you cannot find anyone or anything more inclusive than God. He calls to all the ends of the earth. Everyone who wishes to be saved…from sin, from hurt, from loneliness…everyone can come to Him.
We do not have to worry and wonder and strive to find something or someone to help us. Almighty God has opened His loving arms to every single person and said with a smile, “Come!” Why would we even consider any other?
Father, thank You for Your boundless love! Oh, how sweet and good it is! I bask in the radiance of Your love and grace. Heal the broken places within me and help me to become ever more like my Savior, Jesus. Amen.
Copyright © 2016 by Steven R. Perkins