For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Rom. 10:13)
No one can ever really call on the Name of the Lord without being saved. This call of desperate earnestness never goes unanswered. When we get to the end of our own resources, when we abandon all hope of saving ourselves, when we have nowhere to turn but up, if at that time we send a distress call to the Lord, He will hear and answer.
A young Sikh named Sadhu Sundar Singh determined that if he could not find peace, he would commit suicide. He prayed, Oh God, if there is a God, reveal Thyself to me tonight. If he didnt get an answer in seven hours, he was going to put his head on the railroad track as the next train rushed to Lahore.
In the early hours of the morning, he had a vision of Jesus coming into his room and saying in Hindustani, You were praying to know the right way. Why do you not take it? I am the way.
He rushed into his fathers room and said, I am a Christian. I can serve no one else but Jesus. Till the day I die, my life is His.
I have never known of anyone who called on the Name of the Lord in blood-earnestness without being heard. Of course, there are those who pray to the Lord when they are in a tight spot, who promise to live for Him if He will deliver them, and who then quickly forget once the pressure has been lifted. But God knows their hearts; He knows they were only fox-hole opportunists who never made a genuine heart-commitment to Him.
The fact remains that God will always reveal Himself to the one who is desperate to find Him. In countries where the Bible is not readily available, He may do it in a vision. Elsewhere He may do it through a Scripture portion, through personal witness, through Christian literature or through the miraculous converging of circumstances. So in a real sense it is true that he who seeks God has already found Him. Its that sure!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon