Acceptance of Truth Is a Personal Act
Your Word, O God, is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens.
May my cry come before you, O God. Give me understanding according to your Word.
We can pray, as David did, for better understanding of God’s Word, and of His plan for us. But also, we have heard from the prophets in many ways that the understanding of man is never perfect. God’s ways are far beyond man’s ways. It is not for us to understand with human intellect every aspect of God’s plan of redemption through Jesus the Messiah. There still remains a mystery in 3 the depth of His love and the nature of His sacrifice. Our relationship with God must be based on trust. We must accept Him by faith.
Because we are His creation, and our purpose is to be a joy and honor to Him, He has given us that quality which the prophet Isaiah called thirst. You remember that he said, “Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.” We have a deep need for God. We have feelings of misery and uncertainty when our relationship with Him is not right. The inner thirst causes us to reach out to God. Since He has created the thirst in us, and has invited us to come to Him, He will not turn us away. He will help us to understand that which He wishes us to understand. More important, He will help us to believe and trust Him. He will give us faith to accept His own revelation of mercy to all mankind.
Anyone who accepts the mercy of God can say, “He took my sin. He suffered for me. Because of His sacrifice, I can have life. I am required only to accept this truth and live in accordance with it.”
There is another beautiful truth that no earthly words can fully explain. It is this: Jesus the Messiah is more than a substitute sacrifice. He did not suffer in our place simply to free us from humiliation and torture of hell fire. The sinless One also stood as our Advocate, our Mediator, to reverse the separation caused by sin through His effective sacrifice. He gave Himself in order to restore us to our relationship with God. He gave us freedom from guilt, strength to overcome sin and 4 temptation, and, in addition, the power to live for Him and with Him in harmony and joy forever.
When you believe and accept God’s provision for salvation from sin, you are then freed from its judgment, since Jesus the Messiah suffered in your place. You are no longer guilty, because the penalty has been paid. You are a new person, whose relationship with God is restored. There is now communion and fellowship between your spirit and God’s Spirit.
If you feel in your heart today an uncertain, restless, reaching do not ignore it. It is that thirst for God, of which the prophet spoke. Cry out to Him in the words of David.
Do not be far from me, 0 God
Have mercy upon me, according to your unfailing love and great compassion.
For I know my transgressions. Against you, and you only, have I sinned.
Wash away all my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Pray to God to open your eyes that you might see His Revelation; open your mind that you might perceive His Revelation; and open your heart that you might receive His Revelation.
Ask God to reveal to you personally the truth of the sacrifice and glorious resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Ask Him to give you faith to accept His perfect salvation. Listen with your heart, and hear 5 again the words of Jesus the Messiah: “Trust in Me. I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Today Jesus the Messiah is the revelation of God’s mercy to your soul.