Monday, 6 December 2010

Name calling

I read a very sad story some time ago about a man who felt a stabbing pain in his chest and he called the emergency services, but when the ambulance arrived at his house the paramedics waited 15 minutes before entering, and when they got in they found he had died.  Their delay probably cost the man his life.

Again, I heard some heartbreaking stories of people trapped under rubble in Haiti following the earthquake there.  Their calls could be heard, and people were available, but no one was able to reach them.  The load of rubble was too great.

When I hear those awful stories of people in danger who call and no one is available, or no one is able, to rescue them, it makes me so thankful for a verse in the Bible that says, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10 v 13).

Maybe you have felt the stabbing pain, not in your chest, but in your conscience.  I would urge you not to ignore that pain - it is telling you that there is something seriously wrong, it is an indication of our guilt before a righteous God.  The good news is there is someone we can call on who will not delay in responding.  The Lord Jesus can bring us forgiveness through His sacrifice on the cross, and He is available right now!  Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Maybe you feel yourself to be under a crushing weight of sin, and you may wonder if the Lord could hear your call or reach you where you are.  I want you to know He is not only available, He is able.  He can hear your cry, and He can reach and rescue you, no matter how low down you've sunk.  Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

In our danger and helplessness there's only one name we can call on - you can make the call and be connected!  "Call upon Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55 v 6), time is running out.