Today’s Reading: Isaiah 45:11-48:11 (additional reading: Psalm 68:19-35 and Proverbs 24:3-4)
Charles Spurgeon quoted Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else.” while testing the acoustics in a new sanctuary. He was later called to the bedside of a dying man, who had heard him from the balcony where he was working, and God used that to see the man get saved!
That man, like many today, was looking for something, and we can be sure that when a person is looking, God doesn’t hide, but makes Himself available, and one look is all it takes!
Just one look can bring us justification. Remember when the children of Israel in the wilderness were being judged for their sin, griping, murmuring, and lack of faith, and God sent serpents to bite and kill them in judgment. (NUM. 21:8) But the Lord had Moses fashion a brass serpent on a pole to lift up high, and if only the people would look to that serpent they would live! John 3:14 then says ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up’. The serpent was a picture of Christ made sin for us!
Many are looking to church, to the baptistery, communion, confirmation, a saint, their morality, sincerity or charity to save them but only Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). We need to fix our eyes upon Him.
Just one look was all it took to find real sanctification. And just as we find salvation when we look to Jesus, the Christian can then go on unto sanctification [going on unto holiness, being set apart from the world] when we take our eyes off of the temporary trappings of this life and keep our eyes on Jesus!
When Peter walked on the water he began to sink when he ‘saw’ the winds and waves around him, but when he looked to Jesus he was living what was impossible! Fix your eyes upon Him!