Whether about animals, drowning children, miners or any other area, Rescue stories are a regular for media outlets. It is one positive spin in news that frequently adorns the front page or serves as the lead on television. Just recently, we heard of a young lady being Rescued after two teenagers saw her mouth “help me” through the back window of a car.

Rescue comprises responsive operations that usually involve the saving of life, or prevention of injury during an incident or dangerous situation. Tools used might include search and rescue dogs, mounted search and rescue horses, helicopters, the “jaws of life”, and other hydraulic cutting and spreading tools used to extricate individuals from wrecked vehicles. Rescue operations are sometimes supported by special vehicles such as fire department’s or EMS heavy rescue vehicle. (wikipedia) Again, by definition, rescued is to set free, as from danger or imprisonment; save according to

In the post What Daniel Prayed For, we see Daniel pray to be Rescued when the King Darius was misled in making a decree to throw anyone who prayed to a god or any person other than him over a thirty day period. If you don’t know the story, read Daniel 6. From Lot to the Disciples, the Word of God is filled with many stories of God rescuing people from danger. Despite that, the biggest rescue story in the bible has nothing to do with lions or angry mobs of people. As long as time is time, God’s purpose in rescue has and always will relate to drawing men to Himself saving them from the clutches of eternal damnation.

I am not sure about you, but I have been in multiple situations where I needed to be rescued. Some were situations that I created; others were ones that I was just destined to experience. Regardless of the impetus, I still long to be rescued. Listen to Paul in his letter to the Colossians about the greatest story of man being Rescued. “13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-15. Have you trusted Christ to rescue you?

In the post A Debtor to Mercy Alone, I continued to share about God’s rescue of man by providing the forgiveness of sin, and His expectation that we, likewise, also forgive those who commit offenses against us. As we are offended, those who hurt us are powerless to undo the harm or change the feelings what we have. In speaking to Paul, we see apart of God’s plan for the Gentiles being Rescued in Acts 26:17-1817 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’” Here are other verses that talk about going from darkness to light.

Whether being Rescued from sin, Rescued from trials, and/or Rescued from the influence of the evil one who controls the world, salvation only comes Jesus Christ, the Son of God who has come and “has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:19-20). We should, like the king in Daniel 6, pray that “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” If we want to be Rescued, we should pray to the Jehovah, the Almighty God.


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