For far too many, I fear salvation is viewed solely as an event. “When were you saved?” one might ask. “Oh, I was saved when I was . . . ” might come the answer. And, while it’s true that there was a moment when, by faith, we were delivered from the “domain of darkness” and transferred “to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col. 1:13), we sell our salvation short if we view it as a “one and done” deal–I believed . . . I received . . . that’s taken care of . . . now let’s get on with life.
Continuing to read in Isaiah this morning. All kinds of prophecies about “that day.” Sometimes that day is clearly referring to the impending judgment of Israel. Sometimes it seems to point to the unavoidable, impending judgment of the world. And sometimes it talks of the day of Messiah’s glorious return and reign.
Isaiah saw a day when “there shall come forth a Shoot from the stump of Jesse,” a Branch from his roots (Isa. 11:1). Marked by the power of God’s multi-faceted Spirit upon Him, He will rule with supernatural insight and on the basis of His own perfect righteousness. So pervasive is His presence that, on that day, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD”, so much so that it alters even the predatory dynamics of the animal kingdom (11:6-9). And, just as His been His practice since the foundation of the world, the root of Jesse will gather to Himself His people, extending His hand “yet a second time to recover the remnant” (11:11).
And I’ll let the theologians debate exactly when and how all this plays out on that day, but I see something from that day which reminds me of some truths about today.
You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to You, O LORD,
for though You were angry with me,
Your anger turned away,
that You might comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and He has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
(Isaiah 12:1-3 ESV)
I too was once far away. But He extended His hand and drew me near. Once deservedly an object of God’s wrath, He turned that wrath upon His Son that He might justly turn His anger way from me. Instead of His condemnation, I am, this day, a recipient of His comfort. Behold, God is my salvation too!
He is my strength. He is my song. And with joy, I can draw water from the wells of salvation.
Far from being a one and done event, salvation is a source. Deep wells of living water. Eternal springs that never run dry. A faithful fountain available 24/7, quenching my thirst, restoring my strength, and fueling my worship.
It’s what the Branch offered the woman of Samaria:
” . . . whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~ Jesus
(John 4:14 ESV)
If salvation is viewed solely as an event, then it’s a thing of the past which we hope pays out benefits in the future. But if salvation is a well, then it is a vital source for doing life in the present. An unfailing anchor for enduring the storm. An ever-available rest for the weary soul. A gushing river of eternal hope. An unending repository of songs for praise.
Behold God–the living, active, ever-present God–is my salvation. And with joy I will this day, by His promised enabling, draw from the waters of His awesome provision.
Because of grace. For His glory.