When it comes to life what can you count on? What will never change? Who can you go to for help, for life? The Scriptures say over and over again, in numerous ways, we can count on God. That’s the bottom line. But what can we count on God to do and to be?
We can count on God to rescue, redeem, and save people!
11 The Lord has made proclamation
to the ends of the earth:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your Savior comes!
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.’”
12 They will be called the Holy People,
the Redeemed of the Lord;
and you will be called Sought After,
the City No Longer Deserted.
Here in Isaiah 62 God promises to save and redeem his people; and that’s us too!
In Psalm 118 we are reminded that we can count on the Lord. We can depend on his goodness and love and take refuge in him.
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
In this Psalm we find a reference to Jesus, in verses 22-23, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” What God promises will be done, as the Lord’s promises ring sure and true through all time. Peter uses these very words describing Jesus, the Living Stone in the New Testament, in I Peter 2:7.
And in 2 Peter 3 we read of the Day of the Lord, which is the return of Jesus, his second coming. There is judgement as God will do away with all that is evil; everything evil will be destroyed. And we wonder, why doesn’t God act now? There is so much in our world that needs to be made right. What is God waiting for and why is this taking so long?
We need to Remember; remember the Lord ” is patient” and the Lord “is good; his love endures forever.” He is “Savior.”
Peter writes, “8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Paul also reminds us of this very same thing in one of his letters. We are to pray for everyone, all kinds of people. Why? “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (I Timothy 2:3-6).
The Bottom Line, Count on it, is that the love of God “endures forever.” “God wants all people to be saved.” And God wants to use us in this mission.