As I learn and grow in my understanding of the word of God, I am reminded continually of the fact that my salvation is wholly of God. I realize that were it not for God seeking me and interceeding in me, I never would have sought Him, never would have recognized Him, never woud have desired Him, and never would have recieved grace.
This is hard for our current culture to accept because nowadays we think we are are basically good. Have you read the recent twitter updates of what is going on in the news and the world? Have you listened to conversations in the media, tv shows, movies, and between coworkers, friends, and family who would not, do not claim God? My biggest eye opener to the depth of humanities depravity came when I went back to work partime in a small country store environment where everybody knew everybody and the comfort level of conversations was high. I learned so much from listening to people and observing them. I also struggled a little as I was exposed to an environment I had been largly shelterd from for a long time.
No, I have seen the depth of depravity in myself and in the world around me and I know that left to myself and my sinful nature, I will choose wrong every time. So, apart from God interceeding and doing something to bring about a change in me, I had no hope or desire to change.
John 6:44 is a powerfully key verse that reminds me none can come to God unless He first take action and draw us to Himself. Over the years, the doctrine of election had become more vivid and precious to me because I know it is the only reason I love God today.
For this reason, I will cling to this truth all my days because it is the truth of my salvation.
Abba, Father, thank you for seeking me and choosing me, the vilest of vile and making me your own when I wanted nothing to do with you!
I want to share with you the words of Charles Spurgeon as I read them from my devotions today. May they encourage you as they did me.
Charles Spurgeon relates:
When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this.
I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths [the doctrine of election] in my own soul — when they were, as John Bunyan says, burnt into my heart as with a hot iron, and I can recollect how I felt that I had grown on a sudden from a babe into a man — that I had made progress in Scriptural knowledge, through having found, once for all, that clue to the truth of God.
One week–night, when I was sitting in the house of God, I was not thinking much about the preacher’s sermon, for I did not believe it.
The thought struck me, How did you come to be a Christian? I sought the Lord. But how did you come to seek the Lord? The truth flashed across my mind in a moment — I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, thought I, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so?
Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, “I ascribe my change wholly to God.”