October 13, 2016
A Simple Look
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. – Isaiah 45:22
On January 6, 1850, a snowstorm crippled the city of Colchester, England. Because of the inclement weather, a teenage boy was unable to make it to the church he regularly attended, so he went to a nearby Primitive Methodist church. The pastor of that church had been unable to get to the service himself because of the weather conditions, so a lay minister was given the task of preaching to the few who had braved the elements. For his text he used Isaiah 45:22, our focus verse for today.
The storm outside that morning was no more severe than the storm raging in the heart of that young teenager. He was under conviction, and miserable. His father and grandfather were preachers, but he knew that he could not assume he would somehow “inherit” eternal life simply because he had been raised in a godly home. He needed to know that his sins were forgiven and his name had been written in the Book of Life.
The lay minister, having had no time for sermon preparation, did not have much to say. As he stood at the pulpit that morning, he simply kept repeating, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” After some time, he noticed the teenager’s despondent face. His heart reached out to the troubled youth, and he said, “Young man, you seem very miserable. You need to look to Jesus Christ.” The young man took that simple admonition to heart. In his own words, “God opened my heart to the salvation message.” He did look to Jesus by faith that day, and that is how Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great evangelist and prolific Christian author, was converted.
How thankful we should be for the simplicity of the Gospel! God did not make it hard for us to find forgiveness for our sins. If by faith we simply look to Him with a repentant heart, the Lord will save us. If we need healing for our bodies, help in a relationship, or guidance for our spiritual journey, God is faithful to provide our needs when we look to Him.
Today, God does not want our approach to Him to be complicated. It is simple: the Lord wants to hear and answer our prayers. Let us come to Him in simple faith!