THURSDAY, JULY 16
“You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.”
2 Timothy 3:11 (NLT)
YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU
God promises to rescue us from the people and things that exist to discourage us and deceive us in our quest to be faithful to Him. Paul knew first-hand that God could rescue him from anything. He had literally been beaten and left for dead and God rescued him.
Four guys decided to go mountain climbing one weekend. In the middle of the climb, one fella slipped over a cliff, dropped about sixty feet, and landed with a thud on the ledge below. The other three, hoping to rescue him, yelled, “Joe are you OK?” “I’m alive….but I think I broke both my arms!” “We’ll toss a rope down to you and pull you up. Just lie still!” said the three. “Fine,” answered Joe. A couple of minutes after dropping one end of the rope, they started tugging and grunting together, working feverishly to pull their wounded companion to safety. When they had him about three-fourths of the way up, they suddenly remembered he said he had broken both arms. “Joe! If you broke both arms, how in the world are you hanging on?” Joe responded,” With my TEEEEEEEETH…..” (Charles Swindoll, Standing Out).
Paul didn’t have to hold on with his teeth and neither do we. God rescued Paul every time with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Hughes wrote, “Actually God always rescues his people—either in this life or by taking them to Heaven! And God’s final rescue of Paul was the best of all.”
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to call a friend or family member to come get you out of a bad situation? I’ve told my kids if you are ever in a situation you feel like is getting bad you can call me. God is a perfect Father and we can call on Him anytime we need to be rescued. Thank God for the times He has already rescued you. Thank God that He will ultimately rescue you from the trials of this life and give you a home in heaven.