January 27, 2021
Daily Reading: Romans 10
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13, NIV)
Reading this verse, I used to see only one aspect of the word saved. The word in Greek used here is the word sozo, which has a much broader meaning: saved, healed, preserved, rescued.
On the last Sunday, before shelter-in-place started, Robert and I were prayer partners. I saw my friend Fay waiting. We went over, and she began to share how her sister had been waiting for 40 years to come to the United States. She was very sad because her country closed the borders due to the virus. As she was sharing, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the passage about the people of Israel and the Promise Land, wandering for 40 years in the wilderness, the spies, etc. As I was sharing, Rom 10:17 happened: faith came by hearing the Word. She believed that the two of them were like the two spies that believed they could take the Promise Land. She sent the passage to her sister, who was not a believer. They both believed and confessed this promise of God to be true for them. After an amazing adventure and seeing God’s Word demonstrated before her very eyes, Fay’s sister arrived at the SF airport. Against all odds and facing the biggest giants there are–governments, shutdowns, border closing, immigration issues – everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved, sozo saved.
When I spoke with her on the phone upon her arrival in the US, I told her, “God did this for you!” and she said, “Yes!” She is a walking miracle and testimony that those who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, delivered, preserved, and rescued.
Onward and Upward for the King,