The God Who Rescues
There are Many Who Need a Rescue
Recently during a worship service, the Lord spoke to me and said, “There are many who need a rescue, but they aren’t asking Me.” Several questions went through my mind immediately.
Are individuals not aware they need a rescue? Do they believe that what’s wrong in their life doesn’t qualify as a rescue? Lord, if they’re aware they need a rescue, why aren’t they asking for one? Is it because they don’t have knowledge? Do they not know You will rescue them? That You want to rescue them?
Then it became a mission to search scripture for the word rescue to see what it actually means in the original language and research all the ways people were rescued.
God Promises to Rescue His People
“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.” Ezekiel 34:11-12
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” Psalm 91:14-15
A New Testament definition of rescue
The word rescue in the New Testament means “snatch up”; to draw or rescue a person to and for the deliverer.
In Matthew 6:13, the Lord’s Prayer, rescue is used in the closing sentence, “Deliver us from evil” means God delivering us to Himself for Himself. That is, “Lord deliver me out of my personal pains and bring me to You for You.”
The Bible is one big story of God moving again and again to save us from ourselves.
It’s sad that we are so slow to seek Him or His resources! He does not force Himself upon us. What rescue do you need? Cry out to the Lord and tell Him what you need.
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.” Psalm 107:28