Salvation Not far Off

Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. Isaiah 46:12-13
How far are you from God? Rather how far do you feel from being accepted by God? Is there a feeling of hopelessness or helplessness in your life? Does it bother you that you have no ability to transform or behave right or avoid the evil ways you may be trapped in? This could be a beginning of a good news by it self. Seeking God may sound as if He is very far from us and that it is a heavy task for him. With this there may also be a possible feeling among the lost of being left out or forgotten or unreached due to the heavy seeking and searching task God has. This is a misguided thought propagated by the devil himself to couse despare.
God says yes we are stouthearted, stifnecked or hard hearted people but that is the addictive effect of sin. Once we have embraced sin, we become comfortable in it and to be drawn out of it becomes a hard task. We need special attention, a special effort from God himself to come and draw us out of the mess. God came down and called out to Adam ‘where are you’ that is the meaning of this text ‘I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off’ we do not seek salvation, salvation has been brought near to us we need not search for it it is with us. Ours is to chose or to ignore the salvation readily available to us. ‘How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? Which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard.’ Hebrews 2:3
“When we deal unjustly with other human beings or with our God, we despise the authority of God and ignore the fact that Christ has purchased us with His own life.” – E. G. White {BLJ 166.3}
Salvation is a decision away, righteousness has been brought near by, just what we needed in our current state. By the way in our sinful nature we would not go searching for Christ’s righteous instead we would be headed further away from it. The love of God had foreseen this and brought it within reach. There is therefore no any excuse for salvation in any of us.
An important element found in this text is the time element. ‘Salvation shall not tarry’ we may have thought of delays in the second coming of Jesus which is concluding event of the salvation, even when Jesus said ‘no one knows the time of His coming’ we still set time of his coming. There is right timing for each and everything in the plan of salvation. When the time was right God redeemed Israel from bondage, at the right time Jesus our savior was born, at the right time he ascended to heaven, and at the right time he will come back. Salvation did not tarry because Jesus was born on time and it is on time Jesus will return for his own and destroy sin forever. Salvation did not tarry, in fact today we chose to be saved or to be lost because salvation came at the right time.
“Christ has paid an infinite price for our salvation, and no one who appreciates its value will despise God’s mercy because others choose to do so. The fact that others ignore His claims should spur us on to be more diligent, that we may honor God and lead all whom we can to accept His love.” – E.G. White {The Beginning Of the End p.72}
-By A. Eliamani


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