“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever”—Isaiah 40:8 (NLT).
As I read my Bible this morning, God’s Word reminded me “He is still in control.” It’s often difficult, even for a Christ-follower, to let go of the fears and embrace His peace. Romans 8:6 reminds us “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
If we stay focused on the constant stream of bad news via all types of media—both mainstream and social—we will slowly die inside. His Word is where we find the sustenance necessary to feed the life-giving spirit and peace we crave.
I often wake up tired after a restless night, not because of fear, but due to health reasons. As we age, our bodies decline. But as the Word reminds me in Isaiah 46:4, He is with us always. “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Rescued by God
God is in the rescuing business. Numerous stories in the Word remind us of His saving grace. Remember the Exodus. What a testimony to God’s glory! Without His intervention, do you think the Israelites would have escaped bondage?
What about our own bondage? While created in His image, the first humans ruined it for the rest of us. But that doesn’t excuse our sinful natures, either. Only God could redeem the mess we’ve made of this world. But the greatest rescue in Christian history is the sacrifice of God’s only Son. Our liberation from sin came at a great cost—the bloody death of Jesus Christ.
John Stott writes in “The Authentic Jesus,” that “We banter around the term ‘salvation’ so much that we forget that ‘salvation’ actually means ‘rescue’– that God has been at work rescuing his beloved creation (especially the pinnacle of his creation, human beings) from captivity. This is the wonderful good news of Redemption.”
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SOURCE: Assist News Service