Thought for the Week - 4th July

Pastor Gareth Watkins

Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’
See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid.
The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.
When reading this scripture recently I was saddened for those who are not saved. While you and I can proclaim in the midst of our difficulties… ‘’God is my salvation’’, in whom can the unsaved hope, and to what can they turn when the things of this world will surely fail them?
God is our salvation; the NLT version says, “God has come to save me”. How great an assurance it is to know that the God of all eternity has saved us. In whom could we have greater confidence in than Him? Isaiah said to save ‘ME’, this was not referring to some random series of events, God knew Isaiah and Isaiah knew he was saved with purpose and a plan. This is also true for us, we did not randomly stumble into it. God saved you and I individually and in a way that was unique and personal. He is our heavenly Father, and He loves each one of us as His own. Every hair on our head He knows, and every trouble and worry He cares about.
In what do you place your security? Family, jobs, money, houses? These things, though they can offer some comfort, cannot keep you standing firm when the storms of life rage, nor can they give you true peace.
God is the beginning and the end. There is no place where He is not, and there is no place we can go where He is not with us. If we would grasp just some of the enormity of this for moment, there would be nothing within us or around us that could cause us to fear. We can have complete security and confidence in Him. He created heaven and earth, and there is nothing He has started in our lives that He cannot finish. ”He who has begun good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”(Philippians 1:6)

God is our salvation! Let us proclaim this aloud for in it we have life, blessings, strength, peace, security, and hope. When we know this truth in our heart, we stand firm no matter what comes against us, we are not anxious and do not fear because He, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God of all creation, is our salvation, and in Him we are secure.
The substance of our salvation is God Himself, when our security is in Christ alone, and we bring all to Him, our position is assured and we cannot be moved.

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