“…the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts [2:20]-21
The great and magnificent day of the Lord (Acts [2:20]) would be a day of great judgment, signified by the darkening of the sun and the moon turning to blood. Elsewhere, Joel spoke of the day of the Lord like this, “For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes” (Joel [1:15]). Destruction was to come upon God’s unrepentant people for their compromising idolatry and their oppression of the poor.
However, the divine Judge, once again, proves to be a merciful Savior. The great day of His coming judgment will also a be a great day of salvation for all who call upon Him. Calling upon the Lord for salvation implies a sense of humility and that we need God’s grace. We aren’t to call upon ourselves, our gifts, our money, our morality, our talents, or our strength in order to be saved and secure. Rather, because we realize the depth of our brokenness and neediness, we call upon Him who is sufficient to save and gracious to forgive.
Merciful God, I am humbled and challenged by Your call on my life to rely on You and abandon my reliance on self. Lead me in a life of constant dependence upon You and Your power to save. Amen.
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