A Good Time to Call on the Lord
We are only 4 chapters in, but this is the first mention of men needing to call upon the name of the Lord. We are also 4 chapters in, and in the first two chapters there was no need to call upon the name of the LORD because it was Adam, Eve and the Lord talking with them both in the Garden of Eden.
Man had to start calling upon the name of the Lord because of man’s sin and death. The wages of his sin is death according to Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:7-8; Romans 8:6 & James 1:14-15. There was a need then and that need has continued over the past 6,000 years. The end of every dispensation ends in apostasy with the need being greater for individuals to call upon the name of the Lord for “deliverance”.
There is never a wrong time or wrong reason to begin to call upon the name of the Lord. In fact, the Bible commands us to call upon the LORD (Jeremiahs 33:3 – Call unto me, and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.). And 2Samuel 22:4 says calling upon the Lord doesn’t have to be in desperation but rather in praise and worship of his glory and holiness “I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised…”
Here are a few reasons that you should/might begin to call upon the name of the Lord:
I. The Beginning of your Salvation – Romans 10:13
Consider the Ethiopian Eunuch whose salvation experience began in a chariot to and from a “church service” in Jerusalem. He had gone to “Sunday morning services” but didn’t fully grasp all that was preached, so he didn’t “go forward” at the altar call. It wasn’t until on his way home that God sent a Christian evangelist to interrupt his day and lead him to Christ. The seeds had been sown, the Spirit had been working but salvation came on the roadside.
Everyone’s salvation testimony has a different starting place but at some point each person had to come to the same place, where they “called upon the name of the Lord” to be saved.
II. The Beginning of Sanctification – Acts 22:16
After Salvation you begin to walk on a path you’ve never been on before (2Timothy 2:22 - Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.). Consider Abram after he was sent out by God to discover the promised land, he separates from his country, his home & and his family, he learns to builds altars, he fights for his family and against his family, he learns what it is to fear man, he learns to believe God, he learns what true sacrifice is, and he learns to call upon the name of the LORD (Gen. 12:8-9).
When you were born again God made all things new inside of you (2Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.). There is some thought that you get “A New Name Written Down In Glory” (and what a hymn that is), but for sure there is a change that takes place and starts to show forth after you are saved: 1. A new family (Romans 8:14-17) 2. A new desire (Romans 8:9) 3. A new outlook and hope (Romans 8:23-25) 4. A new advocate (Romans 8:26-31).
In order to maintain fellowship with Christ on this path, you will need to learn to call on the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness, strength, wisdom, understanding and growth (1John 1:6-7).
III. The Beginning of Sinking – Mt. 14:28-31
Peter took note of the Lord, the person Jesus Christ, and called to go out to him. Sure he some doubt when he said “if”, but he had enough faith that “if” the Lord responded in agreement that he would go in belief. The Lord’s response/invitation to Peter is the same invitation to every sinner today - “Come” (Revelation 22:17; Matthew 11:28). Anyone who who refuses to get out of the boat that keeps them “safe” from the waters of “salvation” will “drown” eternally in a lake of fire.
So, Peter gets out like a born again Christian and begins his walk as a new man in the Spirit, but like most Christians find early on in their new life, he begins to fear and starts to sink when he sees what surrounds him. At this point Peter has two options: Drown or call upon the Lord for deliverance - he chose wisely by calling “Lord, save me”. Now, there are Christians who would struggle and kick and complain all while drowning for refusing to call out and take the hand of their Savior. Here are some reasons you might begin to sink: It could be a storm, and a lack of faith in the storm. It could also come as a result of sin. It could also come as a result of sorrow or suffering.
2Corinthians 1:9-10 - But we had this sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
IV. The Beginning of the Second Advent – Joel 2:29-32; Acts 2:19-21
This calling is not a call for salvation by grace through faith. This calling is not for the salvation of the soul. This calling is for the deliverance of the body from suffering and persecution in the Tribulation Period. Men will once again begin to call upon the name of the Lord as they did in Genesis 4:25-26, praying that the Lord will return to deliver them from the Antichrist and persecution.
This is pictured when the Hebrews were kept in bondage to the kings of Egypt, the Pharaoh - the Assyrian. God sent two messengers in Moses and Aaron to deliver a message from God to Pharaoh and deliver the Israelites into Canaan.
God will send Moses and Elijah in the last days of the Tribulation to preach the everlasting gospel and the gospel of the kingdom, so that the Jews will not take the mark of the beast, will flee to Sela Petra, and will call upon the Lord for his coming. For this, the Antichrist - the Assyrian will have them beheaded and their dead bodies lying in the street until the Lord raptures them and the saints up before the Second Advent. (Revelation 14:1-12; Revelation 11:1-13)
In closing, there is coming a day wherein all the lost will be forced to confess and call Jesus Christ, Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). At this point every sinner will have his “knee bowed, head down & eyes shut”, but it will be too late. All of eternity, the sinner will burn in an eternal lake of fire, calling out in anguish and anger for his disobedience to Romans 10:13 in his life time (Luke 16).