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A God Who Rescues
Theme of the week: Lord, Rescue Me!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Key Bible Verse: I am the LORD your God, and I rescued you from Egypt, so that you would never again be slaves. I have set you free; now walk with your heads held high. (Leviticus 26:13, CEV) Dig Deeper: Psalm 6:1-4

When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, we were all rocked with the heartrending stories of rescue. My wife and I were glued to CNN. We read a ton of rescue stories and saw thousands of images of devastation. In all of the rescue stories we heard, we never once read about someone who was angry about being rescued. We never once heard of someone asking to be placed back underneath the rubble. In a catastrophe, people are aware of their need for rescue.

We continually live in the catastrophic reality of a fallen world. This might be why rescue is such a central theme of God's love for us. God knows our deepest needs.

Scripture refers to rescue in one form or another over five hundred times. All sorts of people in the Bible were rescued by God: Abraham, Lot, Joseph, Moses, the nation of Israel, King David. It just keeps going on and on. Our God is a rescuing God. When Christ was to be born, Joseph was instructed to give him the name Jesus, which means he will save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). He saves from trouble, from enemies, from sin, and he saves us from ourselves!

—Mike Howerton in Glorious Mess

My Response: I know God came to my rescue when … Something I, a friend, or a family member needs to be rescued from right now is …

Thought to Apply: Once I was enslaved … and now I am free! And the difference is God's rescuing mercy.—Walter Brueggemann (theologian)

Adapted from Glorious Mess (Baker, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, reveal those areas in my life where I'm most vulnerable to sin; forgive me when I give in to temptation; empower me by your grace so that I might live a godlier life.

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