Sometimes we are in the midst of challenges and trials so deep that we wonder if we will ever get our head above water. Many times as we face extreme difficulties in life we feel deserted by God. We feel that God is being unfair to us. As we doubt, we asked God if He really cares for us as we cry out to what we feel are deaf ears. Have you been there, in despair? Sure you have, we all have desperate and frightened, but I want you to realize this – We serve a God who rescues His children.
Jonah was desperate and afraid
The prophet Jonah was rescued from a near-death experience. He found himself in the midst of a sea storm on a ship as he was running away from and disobeying God. The men on the ship realized that the storm was from God and that if they threw Jonah into the sea, the storm would cease. Barely surviving the fury of a killer storm, things went from bad to worse for Jonah as he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a huge fish. However, God miraculously rescued him. From inside the belly of the fish, Jonah prayed, God heard His cries and rescued him as he realized salvation comes from the Lord. Why? Because he trusted in God.
Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego were desperate and afraid
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon erected a huge statue, made of gold in the region around present day Iraq. He had a dedication ceremony to this image and ordered that everyone had to bow down and worship it. The consequence for not worshiping the idol was execution in a fiery furnace Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego defied King Nebuchadnezzar. They courageously disobeyed the King who had threatened to throw them into a fiery furnace. They were willing to die rather than deny their God. The Bible tells us that the men who put them into the fire were consumed by the heat. As the king observed them, they were standing in the fire, and it did not harm them as he observed a fourth person in the fire with them. They were not harmed and not even a hair on their heads was singed, as it was Jesus Christ himself standing there in the fire with them rescuing them for danger. God saw their faith cries and delivered them. Why? Because they trusted in God.
Daniel was desperate and afraid
Daniel felt alone, desperate, frightened as he was offered up as the main course for the king’s lions, for disobeying the king’s decree. There were men in the king’s cabinet that did not like Daniel. So they got together to find some old scandal or skeleton in Daniel’s life that they could use against him, but they couldn’t dig up anything. The Bible says that he was totally exemplary and trustworthy. They could find no evidence of negligence or misconduct, so they cooked up a scheme to make the king decree that for thirty days no one was to pray to any god or mortal except the king. Anyone who disobeyed would be thrown into the lions’ den. When Daniel learned about the decree, he continued to pray just as he had always done. So he became the main course for the lions in the lion’s den. But God sent his angel, who closed the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt Daniel. The king ordered Daniel taken up out of the den. When he was hauled up, there wasn’t a scratch on him. In the face of what the world would consider certain death Daniel had been delivered. Why? Because he trusted in God.
Jesus felt alone, desperate, and afraid
The Bible tells us that Jesus was captured by Roman soldiers in the garden. Jesus was severely thrashed and whipped, beaten and made fun of by the Roman soldiers before they put him to death. A crown of sharp thorns was smashed into his head. They hammered nails through his hands and feet to the cross and left him to die. The stuck a spear through his body. They took away his clothes and bet to see who would keep them. He was crucified with common criminals. The crowds and religious leaders said a lot of bad things about Jesus as he hung on the cross. It was a terrible thing that happened at Golgotha, but unlike the men above there is a different reason. Why? Because God believed in and had faith in you.
God knew we would have it rough. But as bad as it has been, we have never been fed to lions; we have never been thrown into a fiery furnace. We have never been cast overboard in a storm and swallowed by a huge fish. When things are bad and we are desperate and afraid is when we have to trust Him the most. He will do for us, just like He did for Jonah, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, Daniel, and just like He did for you and I on Calvary. We can trust Him, because He died for us, in doing so He made His intentions crystal clear- He is our only rescue and only salvation.
Jeremiah 1:8 – Do not be afraid – For I am with you and will rescue you declares the LORD.
If you think you are losing faith, you’re not. He will deliver you. Let Him perform His will – His way. If you find yourself angry at God as you are facing hardship, and feel like He is not hearing your cries for help, be assured that the stories of the great rescues found in the Bible can happen in your life too. Trust Him. You may not see at the time, but when all is said and done, He will deliver you, and you will realize that it was all for your good.
So when you desperate and frightened – TRUST . . . Life is more than a short journey. He sees the long haul for us. Sometimes all we can see is today, He sees all our tomorrows – TRUST . . . When it is really, really bad is the time you need to really, really trust Him. Trust, because you can’t fix it yourself, or you wouldn’t be where it is so bad for you in the first place. Let Him rescue you, as you trust Him to guide you to all the tomorrows in your life. Look to Jesus to deliver you and shine His love upon you and fill you with peace. Trust. We serve a God who rescues His children.
May the Lord bless you and protect you; as He makes his face to shine upon you and is gracious to you; as He shows you favor and gives you His peace. Numbers 6:24-26
- 22 Inspirational Bible Verses http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/22-inspirational-bible-verses/
- Even under the burning, fiery furnace… The Angel of the Lord will be There… (cglamboy.wordpress.com)
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (lorischulz.wordpress.com)
- RMC Vol. 2, No. 6 (rockymountainchronicles.wordpress.com)
- Unshakable Faith (altruistico.wordpress.com)
- Book of Daniel (altruistico.wordpress.com)
- RMC Vol. 2, No. 7 (rockymountainchronicles.wordpress.com)
- The Fiery Furnace (brokenfetters.wordpress.com)