I watched a number of news briefs reporting on the horrific flooding in Texas and Louisiana due to the recent Hurricane Harvey. The most touching stories I heard were those where people stopped everything and got into their boats and went out to rescue victims. I watched canoes paddling down the highway– turned waterway– carrying small children. The elderly flagged down rescue boats from rooftops. Some self-sacrificing people returned over and over again to rescue literally hundreds of people in order to bring them to safety. I believe this is much like the desire Jesus has to rescue us. We are not usually rescued from rooftops, but from habitual sins, financial despair, sickness or loneliness. In essence, He rescues us from ourselves. Then he asks us to go into the world and rescue others.
I received Jesus as my personal savior when I was very young. I was just four years old when I sat down with my mom on a small upper staircase which led to a large upstairs movie room. It was there where I gave my life to Christ. That movie room was where I had witnessed the most frightening incidents of child abuse inflicted upon my older brother by my father. I was terrified by what I had seen, especially being so young. The most vivid memory I have was of my father jumping on my seven year old brother and kicking him in the ribs as my brother crawled under a glass table to escape. The recordings of this incident and others replayed again and again in my mind and I reached out to the Lord so that I would not feel alone and vulnerable.
I really believe that the day I began following Jesus, He put a shield of protection all around me. I still felt the fear that would rise up in me when I heard my father growing angry, but I no longer felt alone. I remember reciting Hebrews 13:5 over and over in my head. I will never, never leave you, nor forsake you. And, God was true to His word. In fact, though each of my three siblings were assaulted by my father at different times, I never was. I evaded his wrath time after time until God began to slowly change my father’s heart. I truly believe the Lord chose and rescued me from a place of fear and despair.
His Word Tells Us…
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. – Psalm 32:7
Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.- Psalm 91:14-15
For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper. He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save. He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight. –Psalm 72:12-14
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. – Colossians 1:13
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. – 2 Timothy 4:18
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for making plans to rescue us. You know us so well and you know everything that will happen to us before it happens. We thank you for grafting us into your plan for salvation. Thank you for protecting us and for providing a way of escape when we are tempted. We pray that you will mightily deliver us from this world and that you will deliver us from our own fleshly desires to sin.
We pray that you will give us strength and boldness to go out into the world and to rescue others who are suffering and without hope. Thank you that we find our hope in you. Give us peace and strength today and help set our feet on a path to freedom where we can realize all that you have called us to.
In Jesus’ Name,