Today's Devotional Thought
February 23, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
Salvation is From God Alone
I ran across a book recently titled, How to Make the World a Better Place: 116 Ways You Can Make a Difference. The book talks about various things you can do from feeding the homeless to volunteering at your children’s school to recycling that will make the world better. And, on the back cover of the book, you will find the following statement: “How to Make the World a Better Place shows how just one person can make a difference in solving global, national, and local problems.”
The book of Revelation is one of the most powerful books in the Bible. It is a book of warning and of hope. And, John wrote it to tell others to be ready and to be comforted by the fact that Jesus will return to Earth victoriously one day and will conquer evil once and for all. All will proclaim Him Lord and Savior and those who have believed in Him will be taken into eternity. It is a book full of hope that the struggles of this world will end one day when Jesus returns.
Revelation 19:1 tells us that salvation belongs to God. The word salvation comes from the Greek word soteria, which means deliverance, preservation, safety. We are saved from the penalty of our sins and we are delivered from the struggles of this world when Jesus returns. But, until that day when Christ returns, there will continue to be struggles in this world. Because God is the only one who can bring true salvation.
Can we solve global, national, and local problems? No, we can’t. Even if we faithfully follow all 116 ways recommended in this book, we will never bring salvation to this planet. We may make the world a little better, but we will never create the Utopia that is waiting for us in eternity. As long as Satan prowls the earth, we will continue to have sorrow and suffering.
We will never fix our world. But, the world will be fixed someday when Satan is thrown down by our all-powerful God (Revelation 12:9-10). And when Satan is thrown down, believers will be completely delivered from all of the pain and suffering of the world and will join God in eternity. Take hope in knowing that even though we may not be able to solve all of the world’s problems, that the day is coming where God will conquer Satan and suffering will end for all believers. Accept that gift of salvation today by accepting Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross for your sins. Accept that salvation that comes from God alone.