I am amazed at how such small phrases in Scripture can bring such encouragement to the soul! I was recently reading in Charles Spurgeon’s devotional on the phrase “mighty to save.” In Isaiah 63, the Lord describes Himself this – Mighty to Save. Let me share an excerpt, which I thought was humbling, encouraging and motivating.
“Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but he is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him. Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by ‘the Mighty God.’ Believer, here is encouragement. Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!” -Spurgeon, January 14th
I was humbled reading this because I can look back at my own life- a life caught up in hypocrisy trying to look good outwardly to others while inwardly I knew I was full of selfishness, unkindness, hatred to God and His Word and full of dead works. I know I was that hardened sinner that wanted nothing to do with God’s Word or His Church. I know that I was that sinner that longed for my own glory rather than God. I longed for nothing more than to look good to others. And yet, through all the pride and filth, the Lord was mighty to save even me! Praise God for His marvelous work and power to bring me low!
I was encouraged with this section of Spurgeon’s writing, because it reminds me again (and let me never lay this truth aside as insignificant!) that “nothing is too hard for God” (Jeremiah 32:17). There is no one too hard for God to save. There is no one too far gone for Him to call to Himself. There is no one too dead for Him to bring to life. I recently witnessed the life of someone radically changed by the power of the Gospel – someone who would have even recently said that they would have nothing to do with God. When I hear their story, it encourages me that I serve a God Who is mighty to save!
And lastly, I was motivated, because I want to see more of God’s mighty power in the transformation of lives! Spurgeon says it well: “You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength.” I can’t change a life, but I can pray for God to change a life. I can’t convict someone of sin, but I can pray that God’s Spirit would come into their life to convict them with Truth. What a joy to see hardened sinners come to know the Lord! What a delight to call that God- a God “mighty to save”- as my own God! May we all be found faithful in fervently praying for sinners that desperately need Christ.
God, mighty to save – let that truth bring you joy and delight today!