God is mighty to save! Our hearts soar at the thought of this truth. But we often struggle to believe an equally-true statement: God is willing to save.
We marvel at the timing of Romans 5:8, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” For various reasons, we identify closely with the man who cried out to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
These words in Joseph Hart’s hymn, “Come Ye Sinners,” remind us of Christ’s compassionate power to save:
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
Horatius Bonar wrote a similar call to hope in his book God’s Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious. In it, we are encouraged to trust in the Triune God who emboldens the saints with his unchanging love:
“Let us look at the Father in the face of Jesus Christ; for He is the express image of his person, and he that hath seen Him hath seen the Father.
The knowledge of that gracious character, as interpreted by the cross of Christ, is the true remedy for our disquietness. Insufficient acquaintanceship with God lies at the root of our fears and gloom.
I know that flesh and blood cannot reveal God to you, and that the Holy Spirit alone can enable you to know either the Father or the Son. But I would not have you for a moment suppose that this Spirit is reluctant to do his work in you; nor would I encourage you in the awful thought, that you are willing while he is unwilling; or that the sovereignty of God is a hindrance to the sinner, and a restraint of the Spirit. The whole Bible takes for granted that all this is absolutely impossible.
Never can the great truths of divine sovereignty and the Spirit’s work land us, as some seem to think they may do, in such a conflict between a willing sinner and an unwilling God. The whole Bible is so written by the Spirit, and the gospel was so preached by the apostles, as never to raise the question of God’s willingness, nor to lead to the remotest suspicion of his readiness to furnish the sinner with all needful aid.
Hence the great truths of God’s eternal election, and Christ’s redemption of his Church, as we read them in the Bible, are helps and encouragements to the soul.”
Here are a couple of related posts on DK about God’s willingness to provide for us a Savior: