Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 4, 2011
“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…” Joel 2:32
The name of the Lord can be trusted and His name is much more than great riches. His name is wonderful. His name is beautiful. The name of the Lord is full of grace and truth. His name is the object of salvation. The weary sinner who cries out to the Lord will be saved. Trust in the name of the Lord and you will be saved. The Lord is your salvation.
He saves us from our sins. He saves us from utter ruin and damnation in hell. He saves us from ourselves. His salvation is boundless and all encompassing. His name is a refuge for the refugee, a shelter for the homeless and a retreat for the restless. The name of the Lord is not soiled or tarnished. His name represents the glory of God.
The name Lord conjures up emotions of comfort, joy, peace, holiness, fear, freedom and gratitude. Candidates for Christ around the world know his name intellectually and His name is known experientially by almost two billion believers globally. His name is above every name. At His name every knee will eventually bow and every tongue will eventually confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2:10)
The Lord’s name remains a symbol of holiness, humility and hope at best, unless we truly trust Him by calling on His name. An emergency call is useless unless someone phones for help. In a time of need or uncertainty you default to a name you can trust. You can call on Him because He has already called you—yours is a return call.
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling lost sinners to come home. He has already reached out to you when He reached out on the cross with the ultimate expression of love and sacrifice. And still today He has reached out through the prayers of friends and family. He has reached out by giving you the very air to breathe and another day to become alive.
Don’t let another day pass without calling on the name of the Lord. Your fears will subside when you call on the name of the Lord. Your strength will increase when you call on the name of the Lord. Your faith will bolster when you call on the name of the Lord.
Humility invites you to call on the name of the Lord. Your prosperity compels you to call on the name of the Lord. Your need for wisdom implores you to call on the name of the Lord. Call on Him boldly and often, you cannot call too much. God does not have voice mail or a receptionist. He has a direct line and 24/7 accessibility. Do not delay. Bow in humble prayer, confession and repentance. Call on the name of the Lord and be saved!
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Have I called on the Lord for salvation? Do I call on the name of the Lord for help?
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