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Key Verse: Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. – Psalms 68:19
There are many worries and troubles wash over us in life; some are simply minor annoyances, but some are major tragedies which have life-changing consequences. It is in these times of disaster when we seem to have no direction that the Lord stretches forth his hand and reaches into our desperate situations.
He is most definitely a God who saves us from the small waves of life as well as the larger tsunamis which overtake us. Psalm 34:19 tells us, ‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.’
Whatever the cost for saving us, God is willing to pay it. So much so, that He sent his one and only Son to save us. Sadly, we often see people refusing God’s offer of salvation. We see evangelistic tracts thrown on the floor, Bibles unread and, the storms of life pushing people away from God instead of towards His loving arms which are ready and waiting to save.
You may have heard the story of a very religious man who was once caught in rising floodwaters. He climbed onto the roof of his house and trusted God to rescue him. A neighbour came by in a canoe and said, “Hop in and we’ll paddle to safety.” “No thanks” replied the religious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”
A short time later the police came by in a boat. “The waters will soon be above your house. Hop in and we’ll take you to safety.”“No thanks” replied the religious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”
A little time later a rescue services helicopter hovered overhead, let down a rope ladder and said. “The waters will soon be above your house. Climb the ladder and we’ll fly you to safety.”“No thanks” replied the religious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”
All this time the floodwaters continued to rise until soon they reached above the roof and the religious man drowned. When he arrived at heaven he demanded an audience with God. Ushered into God’s throne room he said, “Lord, why am I here in heaven? I prayed for you to save me, I trusted you to save me from that flood.” “Yes” replied the Lord. “And I sent you a canoe, a boat, and a helicopter. But you never got in.”
God knows that we are limited beings, but He is all-knowing and all-powerful and takes great pleasure in saving us. He saves us from our enemies who speak and act against us, saves us from our own fleshly desires and saves us from eternal damnation by the blood of His Son. The very name Jesus stems from the Old Testament name Joshua which means, ‘God is Salvation.’ When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on that donkey and the crowds shouted ‘Hosanna!’, it was not some special worship word, but translated is literally ‘Save us now!’ God is a God who saves.