You’ve probably read or heard about the recent flap over Huawei’s National Day promotional offer of a mobile phone for $54, which was made available to Singaporeans aged 50 years and above.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, it drew long queues to Huawei’s outlets across Singapore—which turned a little ugly when would-be customers discovered that each store had less than 30 phones in stock. It meant that many in the queues—some of whom had been there since 4am—couldn’t buy the phones. The police had to be called in to manage some of the angry crowds that turned rowdy.
Reading the news, I couldn’t help but wonder why the company had not anticipated the huge demand, given the attractiveness of the offer and the large number of older Singaporeans. Of course, the reactions of some among the crowd leave much to be desired. After all, we can accept that there will always be limited stocks of any product out there, especially when it’s a new model that’s just been rolled out.
I couldn’t help but think of God’s gift of salvation. Unlike manmade products that will run out, His offer of salvation is available to all who seek Him:
“God our Saviour… wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32)
If people earnestly seek Him, God will not go back on His word. His offer of salvation is available to us, whoever and wherever we are. No matter how old we are or what we have done, forgiveness and salvation is available to us, if we believe in Him.
Will you take up that offer? And if you already have, will you tell a loved one or friend about this wonderful offer? —C. H. Tan
Lord, thank You for this offer of salvation
that You have made available to me
through Your Son Jesus Christ.
God’s grace is available to alI at all times.