Romans 10:13 – For, "every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." (RSV)
Over the years, I have become one to call upon the Lord when mountains appeared, valleys had to be passed through, or seas had to be to crossed. These were mountains of illness, unemployment, and personal struggle, valleys deep into despair, and seas that assailed my boat in endless storms of conflict. Disabled with spiritual imbalance inwardly, alarmed outwardly, and having nowhere to hide, I was prompted to pick up my dusty Bible in response to an inner prodding. Opening it, I read clearly-given directions: "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you." (Matthew 7:7 NRSV)
The mountains began to have doors, the valleys had exits, and the seas had ports. Mountains may rise again. Valleys appear anew. Seas swell with high tides, but I know now to fall back on the certainty of that encounter with God, that I will be rescued again and again.
Believing that whatever names the mountains have, wherever the valleys lead, however high the waters swell, today's scripture is true: "Every one who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." We can rest assured that Jesus' love never fails us. It is the end result of God's purpose for us.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for your Word that comes to our rescue without failing. Thank you that you have worked things out before they even happen to us. In fact, you are right there in the thick of things. Your wisdom and knowledge of the end result is best for us. Thank you for all who call upon your name again and again, and for your everlasting rescue. Amen.